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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Dec 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119961327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119961321
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #666,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some how i was not able to connect with this book as much as I wanted to. I will try to give some reasons here

1) Each chapter is totally different topic than previous, dont expect it will build upon what you learned in earlier. If some one argue on this then I say I was not able to connect with this book

2) It does not ask you to write something yourself by reading book instructions but gives a snippet and try to explain. I don't think I like any iOS books that gives snippet since Im trying to learn myself and don't need ready made snippet that I have to copy paste / integrate and run. I would like to type in myself step by step instructions from the book.

3) Somehow the font and Pictures in this book are really not catchy or dull to me.

4) I hate when authors keep asking us to read end of chapter for notes/link or extra reading. I know reading a book doesnt make me super knowledgable with this rich iOS SDK but keep telling readers to read something more at the end of every chapter or read bolgs makes me think that author is lazy.

5) Security chapter is again super disconnect from overall goal. And it so succinct I failed to see why it was included.

I am certain there are many useful tricks and tips in this book but with my overall of apathy to read this book I could have missed it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa466157c) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4696114) out of 5 stars Great for an experienced iOS programmer Jan. 18 2012
By D. Solberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't buy this book if you're just learning iOS -- it's written with an assumption that you know how to write a complete program on your own. For example, the author will often write things like, "After that, it's just like using a normal xib file," or assume you know the difference between a view's frame and bounds. Another example -- the section on storyboards assumes you know how to deal with iOS 4 transitions. These might be pretty basic things, but it would be frustrating for someone who isn't at that point yet.

Basically, if you've written a few applications and want to extend your abilities, you'll love this book. If you're in the target audience for this book, each section is clearly explained and contains just the right amount of information to take you to the next level. In particular, the author is very good at explaining those odd conventions that make you want to scream without over-explaining everything else. I highly recommend it.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4696540) out of 5 stars Fantastic guide to going beyond the basics Jan. 18 2012
By Carl Veazey - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been developing iOS apps professionally for over 3 years now. Every chapter this book surprises and amazes me with new tricks and has opened my eyes to new techniques and ways of thinking. The writing style is approachable and makes for a quick read, and the code samples convey the point without unnecessary clutter. Also of use is the references given throughout the text, which have led me on reading expeditions that reveal even more information to me.
The one complaint I have so far is that the section on interacting with REST services is based on ASIHTTPRequest, which sadly will no longer be maintained. It would have been better to just use NSURLConnection or CFNetwork, or one of the extant libraries such as AFNetworking.
That aside, this is a valuable book and if you're a professional iOS developer you owe it to yourself to give it a read.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4696768) out of 5 stars What You Don't Know You Don't Know Feb. 14 2012
By Glenn R. Howes - Published on Amazon.com
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As a long time iOS programmer, I thought I knew a thing or two about the platform, but my day job has been demanding for the last year or so and I'd fallen behind on new developments and techniques, and some not so new. And along comes this wonderful book to remind me of all the little things I could be doing to make my Objective-C do more with less code or do things I didn't know it could do.

This book is up to date as of the beginning of 2012. For example it covers such iOS 5 APIs as Storyboards, iCloud integration, and Automatic Reference counting, along with such still cutting edge technologies as Blocks and Grand Central Dispatch, and older tech that still frustrates such as the use of Core Animation and Key Value Observing. Through it all, I don't think I went 5 pages without encountering an idea, concept or fact new to me. I was also happy at the high level walkthrough of Xcode 4, as I'm still transitioning from 3.2 with some unhappiness. Topics were seemingly picked for their relevance to the working coder so plenty of dealing with web servers and optimizing table performance.

[Update: and time marches on, and now iOS 6 is released with things this book couldn't possibly have covered like PassBook, FaceBook and other social network integration, new Location Services APIs, Collection Views etc. Still a useful book, just not cutting edge.]

One bit of elegance stood out for me, that I could create an NSDictionary from a JSON snippet and turn around and call setValuesForKeysWithDictionary: on my object and bam it would configure all its properties (or perhaps most of them with a few unfortunately named properties needing a little help). Maybe this is obvious. Maybe everyone else in the world does this, but to me, that encapsulates the power of Objective-C combined with pervasive use of key value coding.

Many parts of the book will be useful to Mac programmers as well. For example, the chapter on Core Text, or the chapter on the inner workings of the Objective-C runtime.

The one chapter for which I didn't get the point was about working offline, as the author's didn't quite make their case as to why I would choose NSKeyArchiver over Core Data, but even this weakest chapter was better than you'd find in most programming books.

If you are a pro iOS coder or aspire to be. buy this book and read it as fast as you can.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4696708) out of 5 stars Review for Kindle edition May 5 2012
By Jaromir Siska - Published on Amazon.com
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Generally I consider the book interesting and competent. The book is definitively not for beginners. What I consider to be a serious negative is missing index. For that I would give to the printed version 4 stars.
Problem is with Kindle edition. The formatting of code examples which are significant part of the text is awful an makes reading of the code very difficult. Taking into consideration that the Kindle price is higher than price of printed version than this fact is hardly acceptable.
I will recommend buying of printed version and I strongly advice against purchase of Kindle version.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4696714) out of 5 stars This book lets you take your knowledge of IOS and objective-c to the limit! April 14 2012
By Patrick Regan - Published on Amazon.com
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IOS 5 Programming Pushing the Limits: Developing Extraordinary Mobile Apps for Apple iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch is a book for IOS 5 programmers with an intermediate understanding of Apple's platforms who want to push their skills to an advanced level. Unlike many so called advanced books, this book actually covers advanced features of objective-c and the IOS libraries. I was particularly interested in reading about the author's description of the advanced features of objective-c. I have always felt uncomfortable with my knowledge of the key value coding and key value observing that is so important to this platform; the author devotes a whole chapter to this issue and, by the end of the chapter, I felt that I had a good grasp of these concepts. The author also devotes a chapter to blocks which I found very illuminating but, perhaps the most useful chapter for me was chapter 20 which covered how objective-c is implemented; as a result of reading this chapter I feel that I really understand the inner workings of objective-c. It should be understood that this book is not just about objective-c, indeed, there are chapters on advanced features of tables (so essential to Apple's mobile platforms), drawing and core animation. In addition there is a whole section of the book devoted to topics you just won't find in an introductory book such as developing simultaneously for the Apple's different mobile platforms (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) and, and whole chapters on multitasking and multi threading, enabling in-app purchases, security features such as file protection and keychains and many other topics. While I focused on the chapters on advanced features of objective-c I read some of the other chapters and found that the material in these chapters was of the same quality as the objective-c language chapters. I should warn the prospective buyer of this book that, since the material in this book is very advanced, the reader should have a basic knowledge of objective-c and know how to get around the IOS API's; you should definitely know how to create a basic application. I definitely recommend this book to anyone wishing to achieve an advanced understanding of IOS and objective-c.