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iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (3rd Edition) [Paperback]

Joe Conway , Aaron Hillegass
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March 19 2012 Big Nerd Ranch Guides

Winner of a 2012 Jolt Productivity Award!


Updated and expanded to cover iOS 5 and Xcode 4.3, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide leads you through the essential concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications. After completing this book, you will have the understanding, the know-how, and the confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own.

Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular iOS Bootcamp course and its well-tested materials and methodology, this best-selling guide teaches iOS concepts and coding in tandem. The result is instruction that is relevant and useful.

Throughout the book, the authors clearly explain what’s important to know and share their insights into the larger context of the iOS platform. This gives you a real understanding of how iOS development works, the many features that are available, and when and where to apply what you’ve learned.

Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Xcode 4.3, Instruments, and Storyboards
  • ARC, strong and weak references, and retain cycles
  • Interfacing with iCloud
  • Handling touch events and gestures
  • Tool bars, navigation controllers, and split view controllers
  • Localization and Internationalization
  • Block syntax and use
  • Background execution and multi-tasking
  • Saving/loading data: Archiving and Core Data
  • Core Location and Map Kit
  • Communicating with web services
  • Working with XML, JSON, and NSRegularExpression
  •   Using the Model-View-Controller-Store design pattern

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About the Author

 Joe Conway is the senior iOS instructor at Big Nerd Ranch and has been consulting on the iOS platform since its creation. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he has been writing Objective-C and Cocoa code since the dawn of OS X. Joe wrote the materials for the exceptionally popular Big Nerd Ranch iOS Bootcamp course, on which this book is based.

 Aaron Hillegass, a former employee of NeXT and Apple, has nearly two decades experience programming and teaching Objective-C, Cocoa, and more recently, iOS. In 2001, Aaron founded Big Nerd Ranch and began developing intensive courses that teach programming in a focused, distraction-free environment. Aaron is also the author of Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide and Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for programmers new to iOS April 12 2013
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This is not a reference book, but rather a tutorial that gently introduces you to programming on the iOS platform.

It doesn't promise much depth, but rather touches on everything you need to get a robust, very functional iOS app developed in very short time. That being said, I DID use this book as a reference, bouncing between chapters as I needed, but I would not recommend that method unless you've done a lot of development on many different platforms. Best to follow the author's advice and do the challenges at the end of each chapter; it's how you learned at school and how you'll learn now.

iOS is a platform; Objective-C is a language. Supported by my existing knowledge of Objective-C (having read a book on that language two years ago), this was the most enjoyable book I've read in the last few years. If you have never seen Objective-C before, you'll probably get frustrated without the aid of a Objective-C specific book.

At the end of the book, I found this bit of honesty refreshing:

"You are an iOS developer.
... You are probably not a very good iOS developer."

No book will make you a great developer. Via code (and lots of it), you have to plan, prototype, develop, test, deploy, accept feedback and loop around again (and again). That's how you become a great developer. Commit to it.

Warning: Apple is constantly evolving (a good thing) the process to get your app into the AppStore, so this book wisely directs you to online Apple documentation. Getting my app into the AppStore was the most frustrating part of this process, but that in no way is a reflection on the outstanding quality of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good stuf.... June 17 2013
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Simple and easy to follow. Contains a lot of interesting topic. Also keeps your ego high. Would recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Jan. 2 2013
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I'd gotten about six to eight weeks into Stanford's CS193P course (Fall 2011) when this book arrived, and while that course was decent, this book introduced a much-appreciated breath of fresh air and enthusiasm into the learning process. I like the steady progression of this book, the regular coding projects, the end-of-chapter challenges, and the detail. While, as the book says, it's no substitute for making your own original projects, it's a great teacher of fundamentals and I have been thoroughly enjoying it.

NOTE: Currently at p. 131 of 569.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Dec 1 2012
By Jason
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Even better than the first edition I'm replacing. A must have for getting started with iOS development. Money well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book so far April 1 2012
By Rock
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This is the fourth book that I order about Objective-C and Cocoa for iOS. I'm happy to say that this is the best one, hands down. The first chapter is very intuitive and already jumps right into the topic. I was pleased to see that it already answered a few questions that I had gathered from my previous readings. Overall, it's an awesome book with lots of schemes and code examples. It really covers the whole subject from A to Z. I also love the plastic feel of the cover.
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