Optimizing Tables in iPhone Apps
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2010
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Any experienced iPhone programmer understands that you can't build much in the way of complex user interfaces without tables. Every time you throw together a lengthy list view, tables are a concern. More than that, the stock manner of rendering tables is performance-intensive and results in a visible choppiness in your UI. In this detailed O'Reilly Breakdown, Mike Morrison digs into how to optimize your tables. The result? Faster, smoother apps that still look classy and convey lots of information.

Do you know how nesting cells in a table affects your UI performance? Have you ever thought about the difference between making your cell transparent or giving it a solid background? These seemingly innocuous questions have a huge affect on your user's experience. iPhone programmer Mike Morrison tackles these small but critical issues one by one, taking a stuttery UI and turning it into a smooth, responsive one.

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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      5.0

      Well-done and Informative

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Optimizing Tables in iPhone Apps:

        I've been using tables for awhile with iOS development, so I wasn't sure if I'd learn anything. I learned a few things, and am eager to go back to some existing apps and optimize the tables. The videos are well done and show a nice mix of source code, talking heads, explanations, running code (both simulator and device). I'm glad I watched these. BTW, the source code issue must have been rectified after the other reviews were written, because I got source code.

        Note that these were done on Xcode 3, so novices on Xcode 4 might get tripped up in spots.

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        4.0

        Great video - where is the source code

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Optimizing Tables in iPhone Apps:

          The video is well paced and informative. It was enjoyable to watch and the presentation style with Michael leading Brett through the exercise works very well.
          The only criticism is that the source code is not available. It would make it a much easier to pick up in a single pass through the video if you were able to work through the example within xcode too.

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          Nicely done, but where's the code?

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Optimizing Tables in iPhone Apps:

            Good discussion and examples covering an important topic. I particularly liked the demos of Instruments.

            My only issue is the lack of sample code that was promised in the videos.

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