Standalone apps are a thing of the past. The iPhone is an always-connected device, and your apps need to act like it. In this O'Reilly Breakdown, iPhone programmer Mike Morrison walks you through the ins and outs of connecting to a web service through your app. You'll get a handle on making a web connection, pulling down data, and then using that data in your app. By the time you're done, you'll be seamlessly integrating RSS feeds into your own iPhone apps.
Through putting together a simple RSS feed consumption app, you'll get a handle on making URL connections, checking for errors, and interpreting the response from a URL request. You'll also learn a bit about RSS and XML, two cornerstone technologies in today's Internet. Throughout, Mike discusses key concepts to think about to go from syntax to real mastery of web connections.
The experts in the O'Reilly Breakdown live video series not only break down the concepts of difficult and complex subjects, they also demonstrate practical implementation and use. Each episode features an experienced programmer, developer, or software designer working on real-world challenges, ranging from iPad user interface design and multi-tasking on Android phones to caching in cloud-based applications.