iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 3rd Edition
- By Joe Conway, Aaron Hillegass
- Published Mar 19, 2012 by Big Nerd Ranch Guides. Part of the Big Nerd Ranch Guides series.
- Copyright 2012
- Dimensions: 7" x 10"
- Pages: 590
- Edition: 3rd
- ISBN-10: 0-321-82152-1
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-82152-2
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Product Author Bios
Joe Conway is the senior iOS instructor at Big Nerd Ranch and has been consulting on the iOS platform since its creation. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he has been writing Objective-C and Cocoa code since the dawn of OS X. Joe wrote the materials for the exceptionally popular Big Nerd Ranch iOS Bootcamp course, on which this book is based.
Aaron Hillegass, a former employee of NeXT and Apple, has nearly two decades experience programming and teaching Objective-C, Cocoa, and more recently, iOS. In 2001, Aaron founded Big Nerd Ranch and began developing intensive courses that teach programming in a focused, distraction-free environment. Aaron is also the author of Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide and Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X.
Winner of a 2012 Jolt Productivity Award!
Updated and expanded to cover iOS 5 and Xcode 4.3, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide leads you through the essential concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications. After completing this book, you will have the understanding, the know-how, and the confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own.
Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular iOS Bootcamp course and its well-tested materials and methodology, this best-selling guide teaches iOS concepts and coding in tandem. The result is instruction that is relevant and useful.
Throughout the book, the authors clearly explain what’s important to know and share their insights into the larger context of the iOS platform. This gives you a real understanding of how iOS development works, the many features that are available, and when and where to apply what you’ve learned.
Here are some of the topics covered:
- Xcode 4.3, Instruments, and Storyboards
- ARC, strong and weak references, and retain cycles
- Interfacing with iCloud
- Handling touch events and gestures
- Tool bars, navigation controllers, and split view controllers
- Localization and Internationalization
- Block syntax and use
- Background execution and multi-tasking
- Saving/loading data: Archiving and Core Data
- Core Location and Map Kit
- Communicating with web services
- Working with XML, JSON, and NSRegularExpression
- Using the Model-View-Controller-Store design pattern
70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Lost in iOS? GET THIS BOOK.,
This review is from: iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (3rd Edition) (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) (Paperback)**Before Buying**
I tried to use several iOS educational materials all over the web - paid and free - and I struggled with them all. They either assumed too much, or were just poorly structured for actual learning. Wandering around in code does NOT make a good learning experience.
So what sets Big Nerd Ranch's book apart? The authors are trainers/teachers by trade, and it shows - the... Read more
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (3rd Edition) (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) (Paperback)I'm a rusty old developer who decided to get his hands dirty again. I had previously tried the O'Reilly "Programming iOS 4" book and found it really wanting. I could never get into a good groove -- I didn't like the examples/samples, the way the concepts were being introduced wasn't intuitive. The book just wasn't for me. A few months later, I decided to try again. Since iOS 5 was out, I needed a new book. I saw a number of positive reviews for the BNR book and decided to give it a try. I immediately enjoyed the book and found myself much more engaged. The pace is good, the examples are interesting and they do a great job of introducing key concepts. I really appreciate the fact that in a short amount of time, not only am I learning more about the iOS foundation, but I'm also exploring the use of key features, like location and maps. Even though I used to write a lot of code, I don't feel this book is too dumbed down. I really feel this book has accelerated my learning... Read more
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Much Clearer than 2nd Edition,
This review is from: iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (3rd Edition) (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) (Paperback)I found this edition of the book to be a little simpler to understand than the second edition. It may be due to the fact that Apple now supports ARC and the authors don't have to worry about explaining it. But overall, I think they really went back and tried to explain things in the clearest ways possible and at least through the first five chapters, everything has been making a lot of sense. It is hard for people not very familiar with programming (like myself) to grasp some of the concepts like delegation but I found that reading through the chapters slowly and working through examples is building a solid foundation. I would highly recommend using this book to start iOS development.
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Table of Contents
1. A Simple iOS Application
3. Managing Memory with ARC
4. Delegation and Core Location
5. MapKit and Text Input
6. Subclassing UIView and UIScrollView
7. View Controllers
8. Notification and Rotation
9. UITableView and UITableViewController
10. Editing UITableView
13. UIPopoverController and Modal View Controllers
14. Saving, Loading, and Multitasking
15. Subclassing UITableViewCell
16. Core Data
19. Touch Events and UIResponder
20. UIGestureRecognizer and UIMenuController
22. Core Animation Layer
23. Controlling Animation with CAAnimation
25. Web Services and UIWebView
26. UISplitViewController and NSRegularExpression
29. Advanced MVCS
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