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Beginning iPhone 3 Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK [Paperback]

David Mark , Jeff LaMarche
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July 21 2009 1430224592 978-1430224594 1

The best-selling, most highly recommended, and most complete guide to Apple’s iPhone SDK just got even better. It’s now updated with new code, screenshots, and guidance to and for the new features in iPhone OS 3.0. This continues to be the one book every iPhone developer needs and wants.

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Dave Mark is a long-time Mac developer and author and has written a number of books on Macintosh development, including Learn C on the Macintosh, The Macintosh Programming Primer series, and Ultimate Mac Programming. His blog can be found at

Jeff LaMarche is a longtime Mac developer, and Apple iPhone Developer. With over 20 years of programming experience, he’s written on Cocoa and Objective-C for MacTech Magazine, as well as articles for Apple’s Developer Technical Services website. He has experience working in Enterprise software, both as a developer for PeopleSoft starting in the late 1990s, and then later as an independent consultant.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By R. Su
I'm on chapter 9 of this book, and so far I have learned quite a lot about the Cocoa Touch framework but I think this book could've been 1/3 of its size. The author is too verbose in explaining things. It is okay if he's trying to explain the code or the APIs, but I don't need 2 pages worth of text trying to tell me how to drag a text field and label to the view in Interface Builder. Just show a screenshot or two would do. Worse, the tutorial instructions are not clearly highlighted, so it's very hard to skim through his filler text.

My suggestion to the author/editor:
-Clearly differentiate between tutorial instructions and lesson contents.
-More screen shots, less words
-Have brief chapters dedicated Objective C, XCode and interface builder.

In conclusion, this book is aimed at the absolute beginner. Readers with programming experience may find themselves very impatient with this book. It is also a very bad reference book since the tutorial instructions and knowledge/concept materials are interweaved
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painful Jan. 28 2010
By Thrind
This might be a useful book, but the style it's written in is just awful. "Go ahead and read over the example again, we'll be here when you get back". WTF. Maybe this is just an Apple idiom, but it really grates when you just want to get your learn on so you can make the app your manager wants.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, check the new one ! July 31 2012
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I bought this book only to fill an empty space on my shelf. Good book though in it's new version...
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to iPhone development Nov. 25 2009
This book does exactly what it claims to, and it's much better than the Erica Sadun book on iPhone recipes. While I would love to see some more advanced topics discussed, I realize it would be too much for an "intro" book. I am looking forward to their soon-to-be-released follow-up!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Sept. 19 2009
This is an excellent book but you have to read End to End and resume it to extract your step by step procedures. Also, the complex Audio Unit Core is not discussed in this book.

The rest is perfect. Thanks to the authors.
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