Welcome!

Wearables Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Rostyslav Demush

Related Topics: Wearables, Mobile IoT, Microservices Expo, Agile Computing

Wearables: Book Review

Learning iOS Development

A Hands-on Guide to the Fundamentals of iOS Programming

This book is a good place to start iOS development, but I would recommend already knowing Objective-C.

Chapter 2, Objective-C Boot Camp, gives a refresher on Objective-C, but you'll need more than what it provides. A great place to get started is with Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (2nd Edition). After that Effective Objective-C 2.0: 52 Specific Ways to Improve Your iOS and OS X Programs is a great read!!

I have listed the chapters of the book below.

1. Hello, iOS SDK
2. Objective-C Boot Camp
3. Introducing Storyboards
4. Auto Layout
5. Localization
6. Scrolling
7. Navigation Controllers I: Hierarchies and Tabs
8. Table Views I: The Basics
9. Introducing Core Data
10. Table Views II: Advanced Topics
11. Navigation Controllers II: Split View and the iPad
12. Touch Basics
13. Introducing Blocks
14. Instruments and Debugging
15. Deploying Applications

This book is more of a cover to cover read, or at least a chapter at a time read. The topics are covered in detail, but in a verbose style. Not in a negative way. The book says right on the cover that it is a "Hands-on Guide". The authors list each step they want you to make and the explain the reasons for making them .The authors have a great writing style which their very thorough approach easy to read. Not all authors can pull that off.

The authors walk you through a lot of hands-on exercises. The topics usually stay at a higher level. For example the chapter on storyboards mentions that in complex applications multiple storyboards can be used, but does not cover the topic because it is beyond the scope of the book. They do however cover the higher level features in detail.

The book primarily uses one project throughout the book. For each chapter the code includes a version of the code at the start of a chapter, at the end of a chapter, answers to challenges that are made at the end of the chapters, and the assets needed such at images and icons.

One really nice aspect of the book is that the screenshots and diagrams are in color, however, the typed code is not. That is not really that big of a deal, plus you get all the code to bring up in Xcode.

This book is an iOS 7 and Objective-C 2.0 book, which is nice for a change. There are a lot of books out there that have multiple editions and they contain a lot of legacy info. I feel some of them only contain that info because for the authors to clean it up would require a major effort.

By major effort, I mean re-writing the book. Some of those books still include bashing Storyboards and code that does not use ARC. Although I agree you should understand that a mix of multiple Storyboards, NIBs, and coded UIs will be used on large projects, and you should know how to deal with legacy code, it is nice just to have a book that focuses on iOS 7.

All in all I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn iOS 7 fundamentals.

Learning iOS Development: A Hands-on Guide to the Fundamentals of iOS Programming

Learning iOS Development: A Hands-on Guide to the Fundamentals of iOS Programming

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
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
We are seeing a major migration of enterprises applications to the cloud. As cloud and business use of real time applications accelerate, legacy networks are no longer able to architecturally support cloud adoption and deliver the performance and security required by highly distributed enterprises. These outdated solutions have become more costly and complicated to implement, install, manage, and maintain.SD-WAN offers unlimited capabilities for accessing the benefits of the cloud and Internet. ...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
As IoT continues to increase momentum, so does the associated risk. Secure Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) is ranked as one of the most important technology areas of IoT. Driving this trend is the realization that secure support for IoT devices provides companies the ability to deliver high-quality, reliable, secure offerings faster, create new revenue streams, and reduce support costs, all while building a competitive advantage in their markets. In this session, we will use customer use cases...
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of ...