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Which resources did you find useful for learning iOS programming? Books? Website? Videos?
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possible duplicate of Howto articles for iPhone development, Objective C – Brad Larson ♦ Aug 4 '10 at 14:31 See also stackoverflow.com/questions/405568/… , stackoverflow.com/questions/232570/… , stackoverflow.com/questions/332039/… , stackoverflow.com/questions/449101/iphone-development-books – Brad Larson ♦ Aug 4 '10 at 14:32

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Apple's documentation is decent at best; I'd recommend a series of books to get you going. I've read loads of them and my recommendation (read in this order) would be: Programming in Objective-C 2.0 by Stephen Kochan for the Objective-C foundation. Do you know Objective-C? Do you know any C? If the answer is no to either of these, then definitely start here. From what I remember it also comes with videos. One of the Apress books for your foundation iOS SDK learning: Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK by Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche ramps up very well for a beginner and covers most of what you'd need to know to make a complete application from design to delivery. And finally The iPhone Developer's Cookbook by Erica Sadun for additional badassery. I learned more from Erica's book than any other source. If you only buy one book, BUY THIS ONE. It's awesome, provides insane code source, loads of workarounds and useful helper classes and hacks. My favorite introduction websites are: Theocacao (make sure you read the topics on memory management and how @property works behind the scenes) CIMG. Loads of great topics and tips. Find the authors of these books on Twitter and follow them. Seriously, they post sample code, tips, and will help you directly. I've found it invaluable. Open Radar. Developing for iOS 4.0? You'll want to get to know this site as 4.0 is buggy as hell. Definitely check out Stanford's Video class on Itunes U. I watched those after my introduction to ObjectiveC/iPhone and wished I had that when I started. 2011-2012 course


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both code samples and text. iTunes U videos (which are good for theory. I find it easy and fun to read. which might not be correct. notable blogs like CocoaWithLove. It's not for beginner in most cases. The thing is. Apple's documentation is non-linear (like a website). For more deeper technical stuff. though. Some of the books are quite good. the WWDC videos are also available as podcasts on the Apple developer website. edited Jun 13 '12 at 0:28 community wiki 7 revs. in most articles. Also. BTW: The link to the book is wrong. But still.com/questions/3403049/best-book-resources-for-learning-ios-programming 09-03-2013 17:33:35 . you can move on to studying Apple's sample code.stanford. no. For an experienced developer. You'll find how ridiculously hard some menial tasks are and how pleasingly easy other tasks are with the SDK. but code-level discussion is scarce). so after a while you are lost and cannot know where to begin. Have fun! http://stackoverflow. – Arne Evertsson Sep 7 '10 at 14:03 3 Thanks for continuing to update this answer. – Philip007 Oct 5 '12 at 1:32 I am a big fan of the Head First Series. And there is a great podcast from Stanford University: http://deimos3. like "iPhone in Action". Then after you are comfortable with the basics.edu.3124430053 and finally. 5 users 88% typeoneerror Página 2 Beginning iPhone 3 Development gets buggy towards the end. 2 users 69% anon +1 can't agree more with your opinion on Apple doc. Cocoa Is My Girlfriend.com alt text answered Dec 29 '10 at 16:32 community wiki Kb.com/ WebObjects/Core. and Jeff Lamarche's blog. the Apple developer documentation is also really helpful. For someone new to iOS programming. etc. depending on your knowledge of Cocoa and your learning style. it assumes some level of knowledge from the readers. your best learning experience will be deciding to make an application and following through. Apple's documentation has very little sample code and their samples on the site are dated (and often straight broken). A book is always better to start learning from scratch. At the end of the day.Stack Overflow 2010-2011 course 2009-2010 course Apple's developer forums seem to be a nice place to rant about how much the SDK is broken.woa/Browse/itunes.apple.Best book / resources for learning iOS programming? . When you are reading one article. it points to some ten others. edited Dec 29 '10 at 16:16 community wiki 2 revs. and they also have a book about iPhone Development: "Head First iPhone Development" from O'Reilly Media. – Danny Dec 11 '12 at 11:00 I would recommend iPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide On amazon. it's very good. yes. It's a up and down roller coaster no matter how much you know going in. Apple's official documentation is the way to go to double check some information. "Headfirst iPhone development".iphone .. but beyond that I have not found much use for it. Both it and the question are extremely helpful.

Just reading through a dozen or so questions everyday familiarizes you with the nomenclature and the general concepts. 2 users 81% TechZen 1 so which book do you find useful from O'Reilly Safari Books Online? – Henry Aug 5 '10 at 1:19 Probably Erica Sandun's "The iPhone Developer's Cookbook" my. Instead of having to choose one single "best" training resource.safaribooksonline. I would add that it is the collection of books itself that is the most useful. I currently have 32 different iPhone programming specific books on my shelf.2 version I'm learning. When I need to understand something.techotopia.com/9780321670168 – TechZen Aug 5 '10 at 12:13 However. Safari Books Online is very cost effective if your serious about learning anything related to programming. Instead. you can get them all? – TechZen Aug 5 '10 at 12:16 Neil Smyth has really nice writing and flow to his books. edited Dec 29 '10 at 16:02 community wiki 2 revs. Information sticks to itself in your brain. I always recommend that people open an account at O'Reilly's Safari Books Online . The risk of third-party resources is that you'll get misinformation or do things the wrong way.com/questions/3403049/best-book-resources-for-learning-ios-programming 09-03-2013 17:33:35 . you can access dozens at once. When you read about a class of framework you don't recognize. Unlike other companies. answered Aug 4 '10 at 6:25 community wiki Gary http://stackoverflow.Stack Overflow edited Aug 30 '11 at 15:37 community wiki 2 revs.Best book / resources for learning iOS programming? .com/index.iphone . Considering that your average hardcopy programming book cost $30.com is essential for documentation and samples. My point is why restrict yourself to someone else's idea of the "best book" when for the same price. you can search the Apple Docs for it and get a little familiarity. Using Stack Overflow to pick up bits and pieces of iOS related information that may have nothing to do with your particular immediate focus will actually accelerate your learning of that focus.apple. More generally. I don't have to have a favorite or best because I have 90% of the books on iOS dev that exist. http://www. but I think the iPhone iOS 5 Development Essentials should be what I need for the 4. Different people relate to different books better. I am not restricted to one author's mode of explanation of a particular subject.php/Main_Page answered Nov 9 '11 at 19:51 community wiki Joey Burns developer. I've found his iPad iOS 4 Development Essentials to be very helpful. For $45 a month you can get unlimited access. answered Aug 4 '10 at 6:24 community wiki lucius Stack Overflow itself is an excellent training tool. That is very useful. 2 users 52% dreipol Página 3 Apple's official documentation is the best way to go. I can get dozens of different explanations from different perspectives of the same subject. Different books have different strengths and weaknesses on different subjects. For $10 a month you can get access to 5 complete books on iPhone programming. The more information you already possess the easier it is to learn new stuff. Apple has pretty good technical writers.

My favorite book by far is Cocoa Design Patterns.com/videos/wwdc/2010/ answered Aug 4 '10 at 21:15 community wiki Henry Beginning iPhone development: Exploring the iPhone SDK is a good introduction. 2 users 67% Peter Mortensen WWDC 2010 Session Video http://developer.Best book / resources for learning iOS programming? . It shows you not only how but why Cocoa projects are written the way they are.iphone . answered Mar 8 '11 at 20:59 community wiki Ross The best book on Objective-C is "Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)" by Aaron Hillegass. answered Aug 4 '10 at 8:46 community wiki gnuchu Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged iphone objective-c ipad ios ios4 or ask your own question.Stack Overflow Página 4 I wrote a blog post with a few of the suggestions I had: Resources For Learning iPhone Programming. Link to the book on Amazon. it is much more better than Kochan's complicated book. Written in human language.apple. edited Jan 15 at 20:17 community wiki 2 revs. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3403049/best-book-resources-for-learning-ios-programming 09-03-2013 17:33:35 .

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