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Developing Enterprise iOS Applications: iPhone and iPad Apps for Companies and Organizations Paperback – Dec 27 2011


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James Turner is a freelance journalist and developer who has most recently spent more than a year developing an enterprise iOS application for a major software ISV. He is a contributing editor for oreilly.com, and has written for publications as diverse as the Christian Science Monitor, Processor, Linuxworld Magazine, Developer.com and WIRED Magazine. In addition to his shorter writing, he has also written two books on Java Web Development ("MySQL & JSP Web Applications" and "Struts: Kick Start"). He is the former Senior Editor of LinuxWorld Magazine and Senior Contributing Editor for Linux Today. He has also spent more than 25 years as a software engineer and system administrator, and currently works as a Senior Software Engineer for a company in the Boston area. His past employers have included the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Xerox AI Systems, Solbourne Computer, Interleaf, the Christian Science Monitor and contracting positions at BBN and Fidelity Investments. He is a committer on the Apache Jakarta Struts project and served as the Struts 1.1B3 release manager. He lives in a 200 year old Colonial farmhouse in Derry, NH along with his wife and son. He is an open water diver and instrument-rated private pilot, as well as an avid science fiction fan.

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A great resource for organisations wanting to develop on IOS for the first time May 10 2012
By Cerys - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of the books out there for developing applications for the iPhone and iPad are focused on the basics and producing relatively simple applications by an individual programmer. "Developing Enterprise IOS Applications" by James Turner provides an insight into IOS application development for organisations producing more serious software. In particular the needs and behaviours of enterprise organisations where the IOS applications under development are most likely to be client applications talking to an enterprise server of some description.

Having spent most of my career working for a large software development organisation I certainly recognised many of the processes and potential problems that are covered in this book. From my reading I would say there are two primary audiences for the book, members of development teams and managers in enterprise organisations that are wanting to develop IOS applications for the first time; and IOS developers who are looking to work for or with enterprise organisations. For both of these audiences I believe that they will find advice and techniques described in the book very useful and valuable before setting out on their Enterprise IOS application journey.

The book has chapters covering essential team software development practices that are not made quite so easy as they might be by Apple, including concurrent development and repository management, configuring and running overnight builds, and writing and runnings test cases and determining code coverage. There are also chapters that are of interest to development managers and other involved in the management of software products such as legal teams and marketing discussing less technical issues such as distribution methods, licensing, versioning, and maintenance. Personally I had hoped to find more example code describing the kind of advanced features of IOS programming that might be most likely to be utilised by enterprise development, but the book is much more about the processes than the code. There is however a chapter that describes integration with enterprise applications with a focus on web services including HTTP connections, XML, JSON, and SOAP.

Where the Apple solution or implementation for a particular problem is a little lacking, some techniques are described that include using open source libraries and scripts - something I know some organisations might have problems with.

Overall I think this resource is of most value to organisations that want to get up and running IOS applications for their customers and integrate IOS into their existing infrastructures and processes. As a developer or development manager, reading this before proposing that great app you want to write, is surely going to mean you can answer all those difficult questions from managers with ease - and make you hero of your department!
Good April 5 2014
By URIEL HERNANDEZ - Published on Amazon.com
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It addresses some good issues the author had to cope with on his road with his project that IMO should be kept in mind. However, this book has been written a couple of years ago and by now issues such as code versioning might not be really big deals as he depicts in this book -i.e. I've seen Infragistics has made its way to use TFS for MAC code!
One guys approach July 5 2013
By john anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was an interesting read working through one guys approach to the problem. Apple is definitely a better fit in the personal world than in the corporate world. I felt in this book he is helping the Apple developer come up with an understanding of corporate world rather than definitively helping a corporate user integrate Apple. Still a good read.
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Solution for specific needs Dec 23 2012
By Miguel Miranda de Mattos - Published on Amazon.com
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This book addresses specific development needs that are required in the Enterprises environments.
Clearly written with concise examples and sample code that can be downloaded from their site.
Definitely recommend it.
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Not a thorough book Oct. 2 2012
By Paolo Bianchi - Published on Amazon.com
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could have been better. Not all the topics are fully explained. In my opinion it doesn't give you the right hint. I hope that future releases will get more chapters and deeper discussion of the topic.


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