This post is just a heads up to would be iOS developers, wrt a book that I for one found particularly useful. Whilst I was a relative Objective-C virgin when I picked up my copy, I found it an invaluable and extremely readable beginner’s guide. In short, an excellent way to get your chops up.
Hats off to Dave Mark, Jeff Lamarche and the gang at Apress for publishing such a cracking good read. It may seem a little late to be singing it’s praises, since the book was published in 2009 and the examples are SDK3 based. But whether the availability of SDK4 and the higher resolution iPhone 4 prompt an update or not; I’d still suggest this version is worth a look-see.
Beginning iPhone 3 Development is very well written, with a step-by-step tutorial approach that will always be in vogue. As a novice to Objective-C, XCode and Interface Builder at the time; this gem undoubtedly saved me hours of frustration, trying to cross-reference and decipher reams of Apple documents.
It’s not that the standard docs are badly written. More that they’re too numerous and cryptic for a novice to find what she’s looking for…until she actually knows what she’s looking for. (They are, after all, reference guides).
Messrs Mark & Lamarche provide a concise overview, that covers pretty much all the basics. As you’d expect in works of this type, they’ve gone for breadth rather than depth. But that’s fine by me. They dig deep enough to whet your appetite, with plenty of examples you can cannibalize and build upon.
Once these guys have given you the confidence and support to make a measure of visible progress; you’ll feel more at ease taking another peak at those frustrating Apple docs. The Developer Documentation, XCode highlighting and build-time checks are definitive wrt your particular SDK’s quirks and features. So I’m none-too-phased that the book only covers SDK3.
Once you’re up’n’running, you’ll probably find yourself with this book still at your elbow for a while. Thumbing back thru’ it’s pages, every now’n’then as an Aide–mémoire. As your confidence and challenges grow, however, it’ll undoubtedly be relegated to a shelf along with all the others. But I’d wager the shorter it was on your desk, the quicker it got you up to speed.
In the age old tradition of walking before you run, I’d rather pay the cover price and save some stumbling and grazed knees.