iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook
Solutions & Examples for iOS Apps
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2014
Pages: 902

Entirely rewritten for Apple’s Swift programming language, this updated cookbook helps you overcome the vexing issues you’re likely to face when creating apps for iOS devices.

You’ll find hundreds of new and revised recipes for using the iOS 8 SDK, including techniques for working with Health data and HomeKit accessories, enhancing and animating graphics, storing and protecting data, sending and receiving notifications, and managing files and folders among them. Each recipe includes sample code on GitHub that you can use right away.

  • Use CloudKit APIs to store information in the cloud with ease
  • Create custom keyboards and extensions
  • Access users’ health-related information with HealthKit
  • Interact with accessories inside the user’s home with HomeKit
  • Create vibrant and lifelike user interfaces with UIKit Dynamics
  • Use the Keychain to protect your app’s data
  • Develop location-aware and multitasking-aware apps
  • Work with iOS 8’s audio and video APIs
  • Use Event Kit UI to manage calendars, dates, and events
  • Take advantage of the accelerometer and the gyroscope
  • Get working examples for implementing gesture recognizers
  • Retrieve and manipulate contacts and groups from the Address Book
  • Determine a camera’s availability and access the Photo Library
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  • Accurate (4)
  • Concise (4)
  • Easy to understand (4)
  • Well-written (3)

Cons

  • Not comprehensive enough (3)

Best Uses

  • Intermediate (8)
  • Expert (5)
  • Novice (4)
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4.0

An OK book

By Sam

from UK

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Pros

  • Helpful examples

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

    I purchased all of O'Reilly's Swift books. This was the second best of them.

    Lots of recipes, most of them are useful. Well described, good code. Not great to learn stuff but good for reference.

     
    5.0

    Excellent Book!

    By WebQuake

    from Nanaimo BC

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Expert

      Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

      The greatest thing is the fact that all the samples of the Swift code published in the book are working without problems. The author provides samples of reliable solutions that are not found in other sources. Thanks of this book's samples, moving from Objective C to Swift is smooth and easy.

       
      3.0

      Was hoping for more details

      By Renee

      from Glendale,CA

      About Me Developer

      Pros

      • Concise
      • Helpful examples

      Cons

      • Not comprehensive enough

      Best Uses

      • Expert
      • Intermediate

      Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

      The book has been helpful on a couple occasions. But being newer to iOS development, I was hoping the code examples would provide more explanation. I think the description should say it's not for beginners up-front. But even after I became more experienced, there were times where I wanted more explanation about some code examples.

       
      3.0

      Great collection

      By Krit

      from Colorado

      About Me Developer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Helpful examples

      Cons

      • Not comprehensive enough

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate
      • Novice

      Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

      Happy with this collection of recipes. Recommended for people needing to do all sorts of things. Not much consistency, but lots of good and useful things.

      Nice code.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      straight to the point

      By a. lancing

      from yorkshire

      About Me Full Time Ios Dev

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Expert
        • Intermediate
        • Novice

        Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

        i bought this book to basically wrap my head around using Swift. i have already read Apple's guide on Swift and wanted to find out how i can learn Swift with cocoa touch. since most of apple's examples with cocoa touch are still in objective-c.

        i have read the previous edition of this book and been very happy. it's still at my work on my desk. this one is at home still since i want to keep reading it during xmas.

        i use this book like this: i try to write an app, whenever i get to a big issue such as i don't know... "how can i do X". then I look for X in the appendix of this book and then find the recipes that are relevant to X and find out how Vandad uses them in this book. so far, this has yielded pretty awesome results for me.

        the book itself is quite beefy but very straight to the point. as straight as it can get. no jargon, no fancy words. i like reading it. i am on the core data chapter. as one of the other reviewers said, this chapter is very very handy.

        i am still reading this book so i will update my review once i've read more...

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pretty good

        By ant

        from burlingame

        About Me Developer, Educator, Sys Admin

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        Pros

        • Helpful examples

        Cons

        • Not comprehensive enough

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Novice

        Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

        One of several new iOS/Macintosh/Swift books. Impressive amount of recipes, but some odd missing things. Would prefer more recipes with less detail on each. Good book though.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Does just as the title specifies!

        By maverik0106

        from Toronto, ON

        About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker, Sys Admin

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

        Cons

        • Missing Old Frameworks
        • No Corebluetooth
        • No Quartzcore
        • Too basic

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Novice
        • Student

        Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

        Swift being a new language isn't a hard language to learn, however finding the appropriate reference and documentation to work with is always hard with any new language. What this book does is very concisely and accurately provide recipes that are useful for the common user and starter developer.

        It has snippets and code to get you started with almost every object in the library. Their common uses and some possible uses. It makes use of the newer frameworks such as Health Kit, Home Kit etc...

        All the information in this book is quite useful, however I would have liked to see some uses of old frameworks, such as QuartzCore, CoreBluetooth and their implementations! With the new language A simple and concise explanation was more than essential in this book!

        But regardless of missing references to old frameworks, this book is worth every penny!

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        check the PDF file please

        By iboob

        from ca

        About Me Developer

        Pros

        • Easy to understand
        • Well-written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Expert

          Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

          The latest PDF make computer down, I think the book's cover is corrupted.
          Because after download and open this book the MAcbook pro was stopped and auto restart.
          Thanks

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice explanation for CoreData

          By yeuchi

          from minneapolis

          About Me Developer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to understand

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Intermediate

            Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

            I was particularly interested in learning more about CoreData. Paul Hagarty had a great demo in his Stanford iOS course (Objective-C). This book was excellent bridging to swift implementation.

            Thank you,

            CT

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great book on my desk, use it every day

            By Willis R.

            from Madison, WI

            About Me SW engineer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Great examples
            • Swift Based

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Expert
              • Intermediate

              Comments about oreilly iOS 8 Swift Programming Cookbook:

              so i got this book after watching vandad's videos. i purchased the videos first as i always first books but thought this time i change and instead buy the videos

              well, it turns out the videos were better than i expected and i have just finished watching them. i also then bought the book to complement the videos

              i am so glad the book and the videos are all swift based. i am still going through the cloud chapter and homekit. i have no homekit accessories yet but the book teaches us about setting up a homekit accessory simulator right on our macs so it's really good

              it's a rather big book in ebook format. i don't have a printed version so it must be very heavy when it is printed?

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