Consuming Web Services on the iPhone
An O'Reilly Breakdown
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2010
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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.

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        3.0

        Needs an update.

        By Julio Valencia

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Consuming Web Services on the iPhone:

            A little bit outdated, would be great to have this on the latest IOS version

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            4.0

            Great topic,still getting used to videos

            By Dozza

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Consuming Web Services on the iPhone:

            This is the first O'Reilly video I have reviewed, after mostly being a book reader. Unlike going to sites like Lynda.com to get out whole courses, this is a concise set of videos that total up to 1-2 hours, that serve a specific purpose. This is not for the intermediary developer, but someone in-between, who wants to learn how to do a specific thing.

            This video in particular, 'consuming web services' was something I was interested in because most books don't cover this in great detail. They cover the use of NSNetwork but not consuming actual XML data, and placing it in a UITableViewController. So for a reference to something that you can't find some information on, great!

            Whether I would want to rely on a lot of videos, not sure.... I would like to see small chapters that are sold rather than whole books, articles on doing particular things, when you don't want to add GBs of videos to your library.
            Having said that, I really enjoyed Mike Morrisson and his rundown of the code. It could probably have been explained a bit quicker, but hey everyone is at a different level of programming. I find the video useful and im sure depending on the author and topic it might vary, but my general impression is that its useful for the particular topic I was after.

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            Good product, but not for the beginners

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Consuming Web Services on the iPhone:

              When I started to watch this Video podcast I was confused at first. It looked like two guys discuss some demo application you could find plenty of over the Internet – but this was just a beginning. After short description of what we wanted to achieve, Michael jumped right into middle of battle field and showed viewers how to deal with different aspects of web service consumption. He went through most important topics: accessing particular URL, feeding application with data, parsing the XML response, utilizing the data within iPhone application.

              There are few points worth mentioning regarding this video. First of all, Michael was very specific and pragmatic – there is no place for greenhorns. You have to be aware of XCode, Objective-C and programming using it when you are going to view this Video, however, if you know all that, and you are looking for answers to particular questions, this is the right place to get answers. Good point here is that Michael showed not only the method, he also pointed out how to use various tools and classes that might help you during Web services development: TouchXML, URL related classes, error handling, Snippet application.

              As I mentioned – this Video is not a place for people who start their experience with iOS development. But this is good place for people looking answers for web related development questions.

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