- Paperback: 126 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (May 19, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1783550317
- ISBN-13: 978-1783550319
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 304 g
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Kyle Begeman is a selftaught programmer, entrepreneur, and educator. With over five years of experience in iOS development, he has produced multiple applications, mostly with large businesses. He frequently produces educational videos and text for others to learn how to program. A selfproclaimed nerd living in the Silicon Valley, Kyle Begeman spends most of his free time listening to/playing music and thinking up the next great project! You can visit his website at www.kylebegeman.com.
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The book starts off with showing a few nice Xcode features recently added. There is certainly a lot more new features in iOS 7 but it focuses on some of the more significant workflow changes. It accompanies them with some decently written code skeleton examples, pictures, and well written explanations. There are some segments where the book will refer back to iOS 6 and explain how Apple addresses an issue feature with iOS 7, and why its better now.
Binding data to the storyboard UI is the “magic sauce” with the iOS development and the book takes you through a very simple app tutorial while simultaneous explaining how its improved. My one complaint about the book would have to be that it seems like “this feature is one of the newest big additions to iOS” is applied to everything. While I said previously there was a good focus on significant changes, it felt like it got to “hey look, you can change font sizes now!” Which apparently is a major request for developers. Kind of ties back to my issue with Apple controlling the platform, I think this wouldn’t have been an issue if people could get more control of it.
I also would've loved to have seen some more Physics UI demonstration, but there is some there to get your feet wet.
Publisher Link: https://www.packtpub.com/application-development/application-development-ios-7
I've not used any of the Apple SDK or anything Apple for that matter, and I found this book extremely helpful. Not only did it help me get started pretty quickly, it helped me get everything setup for development purposes. I found the code in the book to work the first time and I didn't really have any issues with downloading the materials from the publishers website either. I'm not overly critical on finding grammar or other mistakes so long as the code works. I felt the book progressed nicely as it starts with setting up the working environment into creation of projects and then to working examples, which you should tinker with and try to build onto in order to continue your learning.
Overall I do agree with the publisher that this book is designed for the novice users, I don't think you'd get much if you were an expert; however you would most likely gain from the updated SDK content offered in this book. I often find myself buying books on things I still don't consider myself excellent with, just to see what changed! Excellent book, great price, .mobi version worked very well, and nothing to complain about here.
Most books about software development describe the whole set of SDK features; while being useful for a beginner, they rarely explain the exact difference between the previous version of SDK and the current one, making advanced developers fish for this information. “Application Development in iOS 7” is different: it highlights changes in Xcode and iOS SDK that took place since the last year when iOS 6 SDK was presented.
The best way get used to this changes is to build a sample application that utilises SDK’s latest methods. The book describes the application development process in a step-by-step manner: from basics of auto layout to gestures and advanced visual effects.
“Application Development in iOS 7” is well-structured, each chapter describes one aspect of the development kit update. First chapters unveil new features Xcode got with version 5 and changes in Foundation Framework in a way a good reference book does—introducing every new method with a short consideration on why it was added and how to use it. Another chapter is entirely devoted to the TextKit—a huge improvement in text manipulation since the beginning of iOS and the basis for all text UI elements in iOS 7. UIKit Dynamics, a physics engine that serves gravity, bouncing and other UI effects, is also explained in the book.
Weather you’ve already updated your code to support the latest features or are seeking new features to differentiate your product from innumerable items in the AppStore, “Application Development in iOS 7” is a good guide on how to give your application a clearly noticeable iOS 7 look and feel.