Head First iPhone and iPad Development (2nd Edition)

s-1.gifHead First iPhone and iPad Devel­op­ment (Second Edi­tion) provides an extremely access­ible and approach­able guide for those new to using tools such as Xcode to develop apps for iOS. As with other Head FIrst books, the approach is extremely graph­ic­ally enhanced and takes the reader through a series of hands-on tutori­als. Gen­eral approach and pro­cesses are intro­duced and groun­ded through detailed and thor­ough dis­cus­sion of real examples of apps worked through in each of the chapter sections.

The sec­tion on Nat­ural inter­faces is a unique and intriguing addi­tion to the dis­cus­sion — explor­ing real world UX ques­tions through a dis­cus­sion format. The com­plete cycle of user-centered design is demon­strated and pro­moted includ­ing Core Data and the integ­ra­tion of how to plug into the data streams provided as part of the iPhone or iPad hard­ware suite. Think­ing of and using cam­eras and gps as part of innov­at­ive solu­tions are integ­ral and well-handled as part of the demon­stra­tion app in this manual.

The cross­words are great. What a use­ful little way of turn­ing the learn­ing into games. The use of exer­cises and then walk throughs the solu­tion to these ties up the chapters par­tic­u­larly well and makes for a solid learn­ing solution.

This book is aimed at novices to iOS devel­op­ment. How­ever, it does require some basic expos­ure in the use of Object C, which is bey­ond the scope of this book. Non­ethe­less, it approaches the start to fin­ish devel­op­ment of iOS apps and does so in such a lyr­ic­ally informal and fun way that this is def­in­itely a recom­men­ded start for any­one con­sid­er­ing get­ting into this boom­ing area.

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