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iPad Application Development For Dummies

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Neal Goldstein

Turn your iPad ideas into amazing apps with this exciting new guide! Whether you're app development amateur or programming professional, you’ll discover how to get in on the App Store development gold rush and start developing for the iPad with … see full wiki

Tags: Book, Cafe Libri, Ipad
Author: Neal Goldstein
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: For Dummies
1 review about iPad Application Development For Dummies

Excellent

  • Apr 28, 2010
Rating:
+5
I just couldn't get interested in the iPhone - the small screen size just turned me off entirely and the pricey, locked in data plans didn't help either. When Apple announced the iPad I immediately saw the potential, ordered a 3G iPad (not shipped yet as I write this review), and set out to learn to program in the iPhone/iPad SDK.

Toward that end, I've been reading stacks of iPhone development books and while many of them are very good, none are as good as this as an overall introduction. That it focuses on iPad is important to me, but even without that focus I would still be praising this.

What I found most valuable were the chapters devoted to explaining how an app all fits together - what does what, when and how. That explanation has been missing from every other book I've read - hinted at, but never spelled out step by step. That's very important for someone like me just coming into this world.

I was also very appreciative of the advice about not thinking of the iPad as just a larger iPhone. I realized that already, but concrete examples really hammered that point home.

(Interestingly, the app I have in mind needs too much screen real estate to run on an iPhone, but the iPad is really too big for it - the book made me realize that I need to rethink the design completely.)

I noticed that the reviews of the authors "iPhone Application Development For Dummies" are a mixed bag and I assume that the same wide range of "love it/hate it" will be seen here. As a rank beginner who has never done ANY programming of this type (all command line apps before this), I'm firmly in the "loved it" camp. No, it doesn't tell me everything I need to know - what does? It DOES give me a very clear roadmap and introduction and does so much more effectively than anything else I have read so far.

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