Best iOS Programming Book?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by AppleDev879, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. AppleDev879 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2011
    Hi there. Does anybody know of a really good book for brand new iOS developers? I've learned some of Cocoa on my own, but it would be much easier with a book to go by. Does anyone know of one?

  2. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    I'd like to know this as well. I've heard good things about the Big Nerd Ranch book though.
  3. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    Apple has quite a few free development books in the ibookstore, check them out.
  4. namanhams macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2009

    I started learning Objective-C with this book :
    Programming in Objective-C 2.0 by Stephen G. Kochan

    Then i learn iPhone programming with this book :
    Beginning iPhone development by Dave Mark & Jeff LaMarche

    They are both excellent book. After finishing these 2 books, i did have a good foundation, and then started to read some 'good-reviews' book on Amazon.

    Hope that helps.
  5. AppleDev879 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2011
    Awesome. Thanks a lot.
  6. ClutchThese macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
  7. jnoxx macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2010
    Aartselaar // Antwerp // Belgium
    Me and myself is currently looking through all books I can find, u never know which rich examples u can find ;)
    Sams Teach yourself iPad devleopment in 24 hours, I actually like, they don't go hardcore on every line, so u need a bit of understanding. but i think it's really nice.
  8. sms2000 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2011
    What about system (aka low-level) programming for iPhone?

    As example I need to know how copy AppStore compatible game to my Mac or PC, change code (inject or relink with mine), resign the target with my signature and put it back to iPhone.
    And all that without jailbreaking!

    I know this is possible but hardcored hackers are too secretive... and I understand them.
  9. dantastic macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2011
    I learned first from Beginning iPhone Development 3 - But I was learning objective-c at the same time.
    At the moment I'm going through More iPhone Development.

    They are pretty OK if you stick with them. I find that at times I get a small bit confused what is going on - I need more screenshots! :D

    And the latter book now I feel they are dipping in to too many areas at once when I'm trying to comprehend one at the time.

    But to get you going those 2 are pretty good but they assume prior knowledge of objective-c.
  10. stoopkitty macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2010
    dont use a book, use lynda (online videos)

    there is an EXTREMELY GOOD video series by lynda, a company which makes instructional videos. it requires you to know some basic programming skills, but no objective c at all, and is really incredible. simon allardice teaches you, and he is really very very good (as are all lynda videos (but i promise i dont work for them although i can tell i'm starting to sound like i do)). he makes it extremely easy to understand, and he has step by step narrated videos which make it very easy to learn, along with powerpoints to help you understand OOP, memory managment and other concepts. i have tried several iOS books and these videos are BY FAR the best "learn iPhone objective c" material i have ever seen, and i am now pretty decent at objective c, thanks to the videos. the other thing that i like about the videos is that they go fairly deep into the programming, and while they are still beginner videos and dont have extremely advanced concepts, they go much much farther than any of the books i have read.

    if you want to watch them, the are uploaded (which seems to me like they were illegally uploaded) to youtube here. (FREE, but maybe illegal)

    i suggest purchasing them from lynda here. ($25+ depending on what features you want your account to have)

    the title is "iPhone SDK Essential Training".
  11. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England

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