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Best book / resources for learning iOS programming? [closed]

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

I am not restricted to one author's mode of explanation of a particular subject. Unlike other companies. you can access dozens at once. More generally. Instead of having to choose one single "best" training resource. but I think the iPhone iOS 5 Development Essentials should be what I need for the 4. When you read about a class of framework you don't recognize. I don't have to have a favorite or best because I have 90% of the books on iOS dev that exist. Different people relate to different books better.apple.2 version I'm learning.safaribooksonline. edited Dec 29 '10 at 16:02 community wiki 2 revs. 2 users 52% dreipol Página 3 Apple's official documentation is the best way to go.iphone . answered Aug 4 '10 at 6:25 community wiki Gary http://stackoverflow. Considering that your average hardcopy programming book cost $30. For $10 a month you can get access to 5 complete books on iPhone programming. My point is why restrict yourself to someone else's idea of the "best book" when for the same price. 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.com/9780321670168 – TechZen Aug 5 '10 at 12:13 However. Information sticks to itself in your brain.techotopia. For $45 a month you can get unlimited access. I can get dozens of different explanations from different perspectives of the same subject. 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.com is essential for documentation and samples. http://www. When I need to understand something.Best book / resources for learning iOS programming? . you can get them all? – TechZen Aug 5 '10 at 12:16 Neil Smyth has really nice writing and flow to his books.php/Main_Page answered Nov 9 '11 at 19:51 community wiki Joey Burns developer. Apple has pretty good technical writers. you can search the Apple Docs for it and get a little familiarity. I always recommend that people open an account at O'Reilly's Safari Books Online . The more information you already possess the easier it is to learn new stuff. I currently have 32 different iPhone programming specific books on my shelf. Instead. I've found his iPad iOS 4 Development Essentials to be very helpful. answered Aug 4 '10 at 6:24 community wiki lucius Stack Overflow itself is an excellent training tool.Stack Overflow edited Aug 30 '11 at 15:37 community wiki 2 revs. That is very useful. Just reading through a dozen or so questions everyday familiarizes you with the nomenclature and the general concepts. Safari Books Online is very cost effective if your serious about learning anything related to programming. 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 .com/index. Different books have different strengths and weaknesses on different subjects. I would add that it is the collection of books itself that is the most useful.

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.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? .iphone .Stack Overflow Página 4 I wrote a blog post with a few of the suggestions I had: Resources For Learning iPhone Programming. 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. My favorite book by far is Cocoa Design Patterns. It shows you not only how but why Cocoa projects are written the way they are. edited Jan 15 at 20:17 community wiki 2 revs.com/questions/3403049/best-book-resources-for-learning-ios-programming 09-03-2013 17:33:35 .apple. Link to the book on Amazon. it is much more better than Kochan's complicated book. Written in human language. http://stackoverflow.