Welcome!

Wearables Authors: Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Carmen Gonzalez, Zakia Bouachraoui, William Schmarzo

Related Topics: Wearables, Java IoT, Industrial IoT, Microservices Expo, Microsoft Cloud, Machine Learning

Wearables: Book Review

Book Review: iOS Components and Frameworks

Understanding the Advanced Features of the iOS SDK

When I first started flipping through this book the diverse set of topics threw me for a loop. Then I read the introduction where the authors say, "This publication aims to provide development information on the intermediate-to-advanced topics that are otherwise not worthy of standalone books. It’s not that the topics are uninteresting or lackluster, it’s that they are not large enough topics."

This book covers a wide variety of topics, and it covers them in enough detail that you have a good understanding of them by the end of the chapter. Only Game Center and Core Data are covered in more than one chapter. The book is not a cover to cover read, but rather a pure reference.

I have listed the chapters below to show you what is covered.

1. UIKit Dynamics
2. Core Location, MapKit, and Geofencing
3. Leaderboards
4. Achievements
5. Getting Started with Address Book
6. Working with Music Libraries
7. Working with and Parsing JSON
8. Getting Started with iCloud
9. Notifications
10. Bluetooth Networking with Game Kit
11. AirPrint
12. Core Data Primer
13. Getting Up and Running with Core Data
14. Language Features
15. Integrating Twitter and Facebook Using Social Framework
16. Working with Background Tasks
17. Grand Central Dispatch for Performance
18. Using Keychain to Secure Data
19. Working with Images and Filters
20. Collection Views
21. Introduction to TextKit
22. Gesture Recognizers
23. Accessing Photo Libraries
24. Passbook and PassKit
25. Debugging and Instruments

One thing that you should be made aware of is that the authors decided to present all their examples in the book without using Automatic Reference Counting (ARC). At the time of this review all the chapters have non-ARC code samples are available, and only 9 of them have sample code using ARC.

They said the reason for not using ARC is that it is easier to mentally remove the memory management than to add it. Personally I find it annoying, but it isn't that big of a deal. The authors do cover ARC in chapter 14 along with literals, properties, blocks, fast enumeration, and method swizzling.

The authors' writing styles make the topics easy reads, and they do a great job of explaining things, but this book is for someone very comfortable with iOS, Xcode, Objective-C, the Developer's Portal, iTunes Connect, and Instruments. Although the authors do cover some of the basics in a few chapters, and includes a primer on Core Data, most of the topics assume the reader has some prior working knowledge about the topic at hand.

Over all I found this book worth the shelf space. I had an immediate need for more information on a few of the topics they included in the book and was satisfied with the coverage they included. I did have to dig for more information on the topics, but I had solid ground to stand on and knew what else I needed to find.

If you are an iOS developer, and are using Xcode, this book will at some point offer you information on a topic you need to get your head around quickly.

iOS Components and Frameworks: Understanding the Advanced Features of the iOS SDK

More Stories By Tad Anderson

Tad Anderson has been doing Software Architecture for 18 years and Enterprise Architecture for the past few.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Atmosera delivers modern cloud services that maximize the advantages of cloud-based infrastructures. Offering private, hybrid, and public cloud solutions, Atmosera works closely with customers to engineer, deploy, and operate cloud architectures with advanced services that deliver strategic business outcomes. Atmosera's expertise simplifies the process of cloud transformation and our 20+ years of experience managing complex IT environments provides our customers with the confidence and trust tha...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
AI and machine learning disruption for Enterprises started happening in the areas such as IT operations management (ITOPs) and Cloud management and SaaS apps. In 2019 CIOs will see disruptive solutions for Cloud & Devops, AI/ML driven IT Ops and Cloud Ops. Customers want AI-driven multi-cloud operations for monitoring, detection, prevention of disruptions. Disruptions cause revenue loss, unhappy users, impacts brand reputation etc.
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get tailored market studies; and more.
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embr...
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility.
Today's workforce is trading their cubicles and corporate desktops in favor of an any-location, any-device work style. And as digital natives make up more and more of the modern workforce, the appetite for user-friendly, cloud-based services grows. The center of work is shifting to the user and to the cloud. But managing a proliferation of SaaS, web, and mobile apps running on any number of clouds and devices is unwieldy and increases security risks. Steve Wilson, Citrix Vice President of Cloud,...
When Enterprises started adopting Hadoop-based Big Data environments over the last ten years, they were mainly on-premise deployments. Organizations would spin up and manage large Hadoop clusters, where they would funnel exabytes or petabytes of unstructured data.However, over the last few years the economics of maintaining this enormous infrastructure compared with the elastic scalability of viable cloud options has changed this equation. The growth of cloud storage, cloud-managed big data e...