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Helped with some of my frustration

  • Apr 27, 2010
It can be very frustrating trying to step into the iPhone/iPad world. There are plenty of "Hello World" examples, but after that it starts getting very confusing very quickly.

Worse, some of what you'll find is out of date - the SDK is a constantly moving target and even if it were not, there are so many different ways to accomplish the same goal that it's very hard to know what the best approach is for your particular project(s).

I suppose this book is already out of date. I'm still going to recommend it, because it really helped clear up some things I was very confused about.

The author doesn't recommend this as a rank beginners book. You'll need some "Hello, world" experience first and perhaps a bit more. However, I'd recommend buying this at the same time as you buy those getting started books because the first hundred and fifty pages or so really will help you understand things the beginners books don't mention at all.

I read the negative reviews and I understand that there may be flaws here from the viewpoint of more experienced or more pedantic reviewers. That's OK - Erica's book helped me and I'm quite sure it would help others.

By the way, because I've reviewed so many books and maintain a large technically oriented website, I often get books like this free as reviewer copies. This isn't one of those: I paid for it and definitely feel that it was worth the price.

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September 18, 2010
Nice to know that it's still worth the price despite the fact that it might already be out of date. Technology books and "how to" ones can move so fast into newer editions/publications. Difficult to keep up with it all!
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 “This book would be a bargain at ten times its price! If you are writing iPhone software, it will save you weeks of development time. Erica has included dozens of crisp and clear examples illustrating essential iPhone development techniques and many others that show special effects going way beyond Apple’s official documentation.”

Tim Burks, iPhone Software Developer, TootSweet Software


“Erica Sadun’s technical expertise lives up to the Addison-Wesley name. The iPhone Developer’s Cookbook is a comprehensive walkthrough of iPhone development that will help anyone out, from beginners to more experienced developers. Code samples and screenshots help punctuate the numerous tips and tricks in this book.”

Jacqui Cheng, Associate Editor, Ars Technica


“We make our living writing this stuff and yet I am humbled by Erica’s command of her subject matter and the way she presents the material: pleasantly informal, then very appropriately detailed technically. This is a going to be the Petzold book for iPhone developers.”

Daniel Pasco, Lead Developer and CEO, Black Pixel Luminance


The iPhone Developer’s Cookbook should be the first resource for the beginning iPhone programmer, and is the best supplemental material to Apple’s own documentation.”

Alex C. Schaefer, Lead Programmer, ApolloIM, iPhone Application Development Specialist, MeLLmo,


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ISBN-10: 0321659570
ISBN-13: 978-0321659576
Author: Erica Sadun
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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