Any good book recommendations for learning iOS development (not Stanford U)?

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  1. Spanky Deluxe, Apr 15, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012

    Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Hi all,

    Does anyone have any (up to date) book suggestions for a new iOS programmer? I've been working through the Stanford U course and am really not enjoying it so far. I'm stuck on Assignment 2 largely because I don't understand what it is I'm meant to do and I find the lectures hard to follow and full of buzzwords that mean nothing to me.

    I'm not a programming newbie by any means although I'm a bit rusty on object oriented programming (although I do have some VBA experience). I work in Fortran, Matlab and C on a daily basis and recently taught myself CUDA using nVidia's excellent book. Ideally I'd want an equivalent to that CUDA book - very easy to follow with plenty of example code snippets and solutions. I don't want to be held up because I don't understand what it is that's expected of me.

    Any suggestions? I'd rather a print book but it's not the end of the world if not.
  2. cMacSW macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2006
  3. Mark FX macrumors regular

    Mark FX

    Nov 18, 2011
    West Sussex, UK
    I would highly recommend the books by the Big Nerd Ranch, they are written
    by people who run acclaimed iOS programming coarses, the one listed below
    is a great starting point, and I still use my copy for reference on occasions.

    This is the latest version of that book, which covers ARC and Xcode 4.3, but the
    previous version that I have is still available, if your on Xcode 4.2, and want to
    learn manual reference counting techniques.

    If you want to learn about the Objective-C language, then the BNR also have a
    great book on learning the language, listed below.

    Hope this is some help.

    Regards Mark
  4. nathanlloyd macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2009
    I'm currently working through this, seems pretty good.
  5. charleshudgen macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2012
    I learned IPhone programming with this book : Beginning IPhone development by Dave Mark & Jeff LaMarche . It is an excellent book. I did have a good foundation, and then started to read some 'good-reviews' book on Amazon.
  6. CheesePuff macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2008
    Southwest Florida, USA
    1. Learn C/Objective-C - I recommend Programming in Objective-C 4th edition.

    2. iOS Programming, The Big Nerd Ranch 3rd Edition, and/or Programming iOS 5 by Matt Neuberg (sp?).
  7. manPrime macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2012
    Yep i second this book. Found it to less of a steep learning curve than the BNR Obj-C book
  8. truehybridx macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2010

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