If you’re getting started with iOS development, or want a firmer grasp of the basics, this practical guide provides a clear view of its fundamental building blocks—Objective-C, Xcode, and Cocoa Touch. You’ll learn object-oriented concepts, understand how to use Apple’s development tools, and discover how Cocoa provides the underlying functionality iOS apps need to have. Dozens of example projects are available at GitHub.
Once you master the fundamentals, you’ll be ready to tackle the details of iOS app development with author Matt Neuburg’s companion guide Programming iOS 7.
Explore the C language to learn how Objective-C works
Learn how instances are created, and why they’re so important
Tour the lifecycle of an Xcode project, from inception to App Store
Discover how to build interfaces with nibs and the nib editor
Explore Cocoa’s use of Objective-C linguistic features
Use Cocoa’s event-driven model and major design patterns
Learn the role of accessors, key-value coding, and properties
Understand the power of ARC-based object memory management
Send messages and data between Cocoa objects
Chapter 1 Just Enough C
Compilation, Statements, and Comments
Variable Declaration, Initialization, and Data Types
Matt Neuburg started programming computers in 1968, when he was 14 years old, as a member of a literally underground high school club, which met once a week to do timesharing on a bank of PDP-10s by way of primitive teletype machines. He also occasionally used Princeton University's IBM-360/67, but gave it up in frustration when one day he dropped his punch cards. He majored in Greek at Swarthmore College, and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1981, writing his doctoral dissertation (about Aeschylus) on a mainframe. He proceeded to teach Classical languages, literature, and culture at many well-known institutions of higher learning, most of which now disavow knowledge of his existence, and to publish numerous scholarly articles unlikely to interest anyone. Meanwhile he obtained an Apple IIc and became hopelessly hooked on computers again, migrating to a Macintosh in 1990. He wrote some educational and utility freeware, became an early regular contributor to the online journal TidBITS, and in 1995 left academe to edit MacTech Magazine. He is also the author of Frontier: The Definitive Guide and REALbasic: The Definitive Guide. In August 1996 he became a freelancer, which means he has been looking for work ever since. He is the author of Frontier: The Definitive Guide and REALbasic: The Definitive Guide, both for O'Reilly & Associates.
The animal on the cover of iOS 7 Programming Fundamentals is a harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), a Latin name that translates to “ice-lover from Greenland.” These animals are native to the northern Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, and spend most of their time in the water, only going onto ice packs to give birth and molt. As earless (“true”) seals, their streamlined bodies and energy-efficient swimming style make them well-equipped for aquatic life. While eared seal species like sea lions are powerful swimmers, they are considered semiaquatic because they mate and rest on land.
The harp seal has silvery-gray fur, with a large black marking on their back that resembles a harp or wishbone. They grow to be 5–6 feet long, and weigh 300–400 pounds as adults. Due to their cold habitat, they have a thick coat of blubber for insulation. A harp seal’s diet is very varied, including several species of fish and crustaceans. They can remain underwater for an average of 16 minutes to hunt for food, and are able to dive several hundred feet.
Harp seal pups are born without any protective fat, but are kept warm by their white coat, which absorbs heat from the sun. They are nursed for approximately 12 days, after which they are abandoned (though they will triple their weight in this time due to their mother’s high-fat milk) . In the subsequent weeks until they are able to swim off the ice, the pups are very vulnerable to predators and will lose nearly half of their weight. Those that survive reach maturity after 4–8 years (depending on their gender), and have an average lifespan of 35 years.
Harp seals are hunted commercially off the coasts of Canada, Norway, Russia, and Greenland for their meat, oil, and fur. Though some of these governments have regulations and enforce hunting quotas, it is believed that the number of animals killed every year is underreported. Public outcry and efforts by conservationists have resulted in a decline in market demand for seal pelts and other products, however.
Comments about oreilly iOS 7 Programming Fundamentals:
(Note: I received an electronic copy of this book at no cost as part of the O'Reilly Media User's Group program Many publisher's book shelfs are packed with titles that promise to teach you something in a ridiculously short time (24 hrs/ weekend, etc.) If you are looking for that type of book for IOS7, you are in the wrong place.
However, if you are committed to getting the most of IOS7 this is the book for you.
In this first volume, you will learn about: the Language (Objective-C), the development tools (XCODE) and the programming framework (COCOA). The second volume (Programming iOS 7, Matt Neuburg. O'Reilly Media. due in Dec 2013) will cover Views, Interfaces and many other 'application' specific topics.
So in brief, you may want to go ahead and get one of the other 'quickie' books but after you scratch your head a couple of times trying to figure out how this or that work, come back and get this book.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend