iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2010
Pages: 352

Anyone with programming experience can learn how to write an iPhone app. But if you want to build a great app, there's a lot more to it than simple coding: you also need to know how design and market your creation. This easy-to-follow guide walks you through the entire process, from sketching out your idea to promoting the finished product.

  • Get to know the tools for developing your iPhone app
  • Design a great app before you start coding
  • Build a complex app with Xcode and Interface Builder
  • Decide how to brand your app-then beta-test that brand in the real world
  • Learn the inside scoop on how to get your app into the App Store
  • Promote your product, track sales, and build a strong customer following
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5.0

Great Book to Start iOS Development With

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  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand
  • Great overview
  • Well-written

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  • Sometimes too basic

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  • Intermediate
  • IOS newbie

Comments about O'Reilly Media iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual:

This book is a real asset for every developer who knows how to code but is new to iOS development. It starts with the very basics (which I could've skipped as I played with the iOS SDK and simulator before) and helps you to be ready to code in no time.

Craig Hockenberry guides the reader through all steps which are necessary to get an app into the app store. Other authors write very technical manuals (which are great if you need specific knowledge) but lack the overall picture. This is where Hockenberry scores with his invaluable overview.

This book won't make a developer out of you, it will help a developer become an iOS developer with an app in the app store.

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Not so easy as it seems

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    • Difficult to understand
    • Not comprehensive enough

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    • Intermediate

    Comments about O'Reilly Media iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual:

    I haven't programmed for 30 years so was delighted when I trialled chapter one. It was so well explained and illustrated that I felt I would be able to follow the rest of the book, so bought it and downloaded it.

    Oh dear. 3 pages into Chapter 2 I was totally lost. It started with the example below saying you'll immediately be comfortable. But I wasn't. I sort-of got it, but there is no explanation of the syntax, symbols used etc and the rest of the book just carried on like that.

    If you are used to object-oriented programming, this might be fine, but for me I expected the same level of explanation as was in chapter 1.

    "Take a look at the following Objective-C code. You'll immediately feel comfortable
    with the familiar expressions and control structures you've used in other
    languages:
    int i;
    for (i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
    // check for even and odd values
    if ((i % 2) == 0)
    [label setTitle:@″Even″];
    else
    [label setTitle:@″Odd″];
    }"

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    Great overview of the whole iPhone dev p

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    • Easy to understand
    • Well-written

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    • Too basic

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual:

    This is a great book for new iPhone application developers looking for a good place to get started. Even if you're familiar with C or C++, Objective C takes a little bit of getting used to. This book takes the reader through the entire development lifecycle of an iPhone application—from the very beginning with installing Xcode and the iPhone SDK, through the end with getting your application released in the App Store.

    While the book is not designed to be comprehensive, it won't be the reference that intermediate or advanced iPhone developers will be looking for. However, for those just getting started, it's just right. After showing how to configure the Xcode environment, the author goes through the basics of Objective C and the ins and outs of the language. The author proceeds through the process of how great iPhone apps are designed. Finally, the author shows how to submit your application to the iTunes store and what to expect out of the process. You won't find a lot of coding examples, aside from the Objective C introduction. In other words, there aren't any "how-to's" in this book, which is fine, since much of that can be retrieved online.

    Where I really felt this book provided value was in the overall discussion of how to begin, design, and submit your application. There aren't a lot of good references out there which show the whole process, and I found this book to be one of the best. I'd recommend this book to developers who want to get started with iPhone development—especially those developers who just installed Xcode and are asking "now what?".

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