Swift Development with Cocoa
Developing for the Mac and iOS App Stores
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 474

Ready to build apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac now that Swift has landed? If you’re an experienced programmer who’s never touched Apple developer tools, this hands-on book shows you how to use the Swift language to make incredible iOS and OS X apps, using Cocoa and Cocoa Touch.

Learn how to use Swift in a wide range of real-world situations, with Cocoa features such as Event Kit and Core Animation. You’ll pick up Swift language features and syntax along the way, and understand why using Swift (instead of Objective-C) makes iOS and Mac app development easier, faster, and safer. You’ll also work with several exercises to help you practice as you learn.

  • Learn the OS X and iOS application lifecycle
  • Use storyboards to design adaptive interfaces
  • Explore graphics systems, including the built-in 2D and 3D game frameworks
  • Display video and audio with AVFoundation
  • Store data locally with the file system, or on the network with iCloud
  • Display lists or collections of data with table views and collection views
  • Build apps that let users create, edit, and work with documents
  • Use MapKit, Core Location, and Core Motion to interact with the world
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    4.0

    Best book on Swift IOS/Cocoa available

    By Senor Castro

    from Caguas, Puerto Rico

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    Pros

    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Not comprehensive enough

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    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

    After purchasing a few other books on Swift and IOS, I feel that this book is by far the best currently available. The books covers a vast range of topics, attempting to hit everything from IOS/Cocoa internals, Swift programming, and IOS/Cocoa development. Every chapter has great examples, though in some areas the information is not as concise as I would like it. However, I think overall this is an excellent book and has helped me tremendously.

    (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Unprecise instructions.

    By Pavitx

    from Barcelona, Spain

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        Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

        The Constraints example in chapter 4 does not work with current version of Xcode 6.1.1 (6A2008a). And it is full of errors, it refers to a table when it tells you to add a text view. Disappointing so far but I still have to read on.

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Cocoa book for existing programmers

        By Krit

        from Colorado

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise

        Cons

        • Os X And Ios Coverage

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        Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

        Happy to read this book. I've spent a long time buying all sorts of Cocoa books back in the Objective-C days and I did not want to buy this one after being burned so many times. I went ahead though and am very happy.

        Clear examples and very concise non nonsense writing style.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Indispensible guide for Swift

        By David

        from Netherlands

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        • Concise
        • Well-written

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          • Intermediate

          Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

          I am an old Pascal and C programmer. I enjoyed this book. It covers a lot of good material. Reminds me of the old Hillegass books. Great place to start if you're competent with another language and want to learn Swift.

          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent book for programmers

          By Simon

          from Great Outdoors

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            Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

            I've been reading this book over the las 2 weeks and I felt compelled to post a review. I have been a customer of O'Reilly books all the way back to some of the original Perl tomes and I have only been disappointed on a mere handful of occasions. This book "Swift Development With Cocoa" was no exception. A fine book throughout.

            Starting with a thorough introduction to the Cocoa Development Tools, the book moves briskly (and concisely) to the Swift programming language and on to the structure of Macintosh and iPhone apps and then to concurrency, bezier paths, sprite kit (for games), scene kit (for 3D), audio and video playback, iCloud and storing things, documents, networking and beyond.

            I was particularly impressed by the clear and very succinct prose combined with the accessible and easy to read casual style of the writing. I am very happy that this book chooses to cover Macintosh as well as iPhone programming and such uncommon topics as command line applications and preference bars (it is the little things that count).

            I have been a C, C# and C++ programmer for more years than I care to remember. I have never used Xcode or Objective-C before but I felt that I knew my way around after a week with this book. Code on Github was very helpful as well.

            Very highly recommended as an excellent resource to build your knowledge and then keep around as a reference book long after.

            (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Misleading and poor structure

            By Curtmantle

            from United Kingdom

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            • Includes Os X Development

            Cons

            • Conceptual Errors
            • Poor Structure

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              Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

              I am perhaps in the minority but I was disappointed with this book.

              I lost some confidence in the authors early on when I read the definition of the MVC design pattern which is either misleading or just plain wrong. It defines the model as a data repository and states that the controller contains business logic which is in contrast to the conventional definition of the pattern, including Apple's own definition in its Developer Library. Following the guidance of the authors would negate the whole point of MVC.

              I also thought the structure of the book was quite unconventional. Most books like this will introduce core concepts in the early stages then have specialised chapters later on in the book. But this book moves very quickly on to graphics, animation and even 3D which are specialised topics. The user only learns how to bind to a controller in Chapter 11 despite the authors describing the MVC pattern as "fundamental". Any developer not interested in graphics might jump immediately to this chapter but would be left wondering what core concepts have been missed in the graphics chapters.

              I've read better introductions to Swift and I've found it more useful to read existing Objective-C based books on Cocoa to learn the fundamentals of developing OS X applications.

              Finally, I found the lack of reference to C# conspicuous. There are regular mentions of C, C++ and Java but not a single mention of C#. Even the designers of Swift have noted that C# was an influence and there are some concepts which are identical and even called the same thing, but it's like the authors can't bring themselves to mention the Microsoft created language. Maybe it's innocent... maybe not.

              (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great book

              By marko

              from Beograd

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              • Concise
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              • Well-written

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                Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

                I liked this book because it didn't just tell you what to do and how, it explained the reasoning behind it so you really understand the concepts. The example code was very clear and well commented too.

                (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Massive book with a lot of topics

                By Betsy

                from Mildura

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                • Broad

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                Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

                This felt like a cookbook but isn't marketed as one. I am very much enjoying this book though.

                It jumps between Mac and IOS topics a lot, and covers a huge amount of ground for both Cocoa and Cocoa for iOS as well as Swift itself. It does it in a concise and clear manner and with a fair amount of humour.

                I recommend this book if you are trying to learn Swift after moving from another programming series. After seeing "Learning Cocoa" videos by the same people (I think) I would enjoy a video series based on this book too.

                (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Return to form for O'Reilly books

                By Anthony

                from burlingame

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                Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

                Received this as an early Xmas present. Pleasantly surprised to find that the ebook covers a huge range of topics with a concise and informative style. Helpful to me to get back into software development on the Macintosh and the iPhone. The new Swift programming language is full of surprises and this book certainly helped. The code provided on GitHub was helpful.

                (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great intro to OS X/iOS dev with Swift

                By Jim S.

                from Richmond, VA

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                  Comments about oreilly Swift Development with Cocoa:

                  I reviewed this book for O'Reilly and I really enjoyed it. I have a development background mostly in C#, Scala, and JavaScript; I was interested in this book to explore similarities between Swift and Scala.

                  The book is useful and in-depth. I think beginners to OS X and iOS development will pick up a lot from reading the book. I read the early access version and found only a handful of typos, which is a great indicator for how well-written the final product will be.

                  Like Etienne in a previous review, I found an issue with one of the topics conceptually. My issue was with the explanation of closures. If you're familiar with JavaScript, Ruby, or Python, you've likely already become intimate with the concept of closures. In the early access version of this book, closures are explained as: "From a code-writing perspective, the only real difference between functions and closures is that closures don't have parameter names, while functions do." The entire section seems to either miss the point of closures or not properly convey what a closure is to the reader. Closures are clearly defined on Apple's documentation (https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Swift/Conceptual/Swift_Programming_Language/Closures.html), so readers should definitely follow up there to gain a better understanding of closures. What was missing in the section on Closures was that a 'closure' occurs when a function has a reference to members in the enclosing type and when that function gets passed around elsewhere, the enclosed references are still available. Closures are basically privately accessible data to a function that isn't lexically defined within the function's body. I felt like the chapter only explained a 'closure' as a function pointer or delegate that could be passed around as a self-contained executable block of code.

                  Aside from my issue with the Closures section, I enjoyed the rest of the book. Topics are presented with an introduction, a hands-on walkthrough, and occasionally a follow-up discussion. This is one of few books that I worked through almost every example. The only thing I would have changed about the examples is that in some sections, the examples are self-contained and you could easily use the sections as a reference. In other sections, you're instructed to edit each subsequent example in-place of the previous example. This affects the user's ability to refer to each section as an ad hoc reference.

                  I was impressed by the amount of ground covered in such a small amount of text. The book ends by quickly demonstrating how to write a command line utility, status menu item and preference pane in Swift. Although the examples there aren't hefty real world examples, they will get a beginner well on their way.

                  I would have given the book 5 stars if it wasn't for the issue I had with the Closures section. I really enjoyed it and I'd recommend it for any OS X development newbie like myself. Having never written an application on an Apple platform, I can't say whether or not an intermediate or expert level developer will gain much from the book. I'd hope those levels would know how to use XCode, debug a program, and create a basic project.

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