Head First iPhone and iPad Development, 3rd Edition
A Learner's Guide to Creating Objective-C Applications for the iPhone and iPad
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 2013
Pages: 368

Let's say you have a killer app idea for iPhone and iPad. Where do you begin? Head First iPhone and iPad Development will help you get your first application up and running in no time. You'll not only learn how to design for Apple's devices, you'll also master the iPhone SDK tools—including Xcode—and Objective-C programming principles to make your app stand out.

Whether you're a seasoned Mac developer who wants to jump into the App store, or someone with strong object-oriented programming skills but no Mac experience, this book is a complete learning experience for creating eye-catching, top-selling iPhone and iPad applications.

  • Install the iPhone OS SDK and get started using XCode
  • Put Objective-C core concepts to work, including message passing, protocols, properties, and memory management
  • Take advantage of iPhone OS patterns such as datasources and delegates
  • Preview your applications in the Simulator
  • Build more complicated interactions that utilize multiple views, data entry/editing, and rotation
  • Work with the iPhone's camera, GPS, and accelerometer
  • Optimize, test, and distribute your application

We think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First iPhone and iPad Development has a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

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    3.0

    Good enough for beginners

    By deraru

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      Comments about oreilly Head First iPhone and iPad Development, 3rd Edition:

      In Chapter 7, there are some conflicts between the book, Xcode, and the github codes.
      Therefore, I had to interpret it, but except that this book is good for a beginner iOS developer like me.

       
      5.0

      Excellent, hands-on iOS intro

      By Kurt

      from Bellevue, WA

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      • Great Use Of Graphics
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        Comments about oreilly Head First iPhone and iPad Development, 3rd Edition:

        This is the first "Head First" book I have read. I found the style and the book design to be excellent -- with postIt notes, and handwritten annotations. It was like having the authors over your shoulder, pointing out important ideas, or giving caveats.
        Using GitHub for the book's code samples was an excellent idea also.

        I couldn't be more pleased.

         
        5.0

        Good option for beginners

        By Gobanilla

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        Comments about oreilly Head First iPhone and iPad Development, 3rd Edition:

        One of the best books to start programming IOS I found. Examples, pictures and teaching methodology make it very easy to quickly acquire the knowledge for those looking for a good book to start with. Highly recommended.

         
        5.0

        Excellent book for beginners

        By Alexander Guirenko

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          Comments about oreilly Head First iPhone and iPad Development, 3rd Edition:

          A wonderful book, like all books in this series.

           
          5.0

          Great Bang for Buck!

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          from Canberra, ACT, Australia

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            Comments about oreilly Head First iPhone and iPad Development, 3rd Edition:

            I have found this book to be an excellent introduction to programming for iOS devices. The examples and tutorials allowed me to gain a clear understanding of how to design and develop mobile applications as well as a number of pitfalls to avoid. After having read only a couple of chapters, I was able to build my own simple application. By the time I reached the last chapter, I felt confident enough to build more elaborate applications for both iPhone and iPad.

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            4.0

            Please update for iOS 6 and Xcode 4.6

            By aleks

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            Comments about oreilly Head First iPhone and iPad Development, 3rd Edition:

            I have the 2nd edition of this book. It's fantastic.
            I have already pre-ordered the 3rd edition.

            However, given that iOS 6 has been released and Xcode 4.5 (and Xcode 4.6 in developer beta has been released), it is my sincere hope that O'Reilly and the authors will take this into account and be sure to update the book to reflect the changes - at least the major ones - introduced by these updates. Surely, it should come as no surprise that iOS 6 and Xcode 4.5/4.6 were on the horizon as this book was being written. I thus have to concur and agree with the other reviewer who said, to paraphrase, "don't publish old news." True, technological change is constant and often hard to keep up with, however, with the expected publication date being what it is, it should certainly be possible to incorporate these updates.

            I would also like to see the electronic version of this book being released sooner, even though that means that major sections might be changed.

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