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Which book do you suggest?

Hussein Baghdadi
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Hey,
Which book do you suggest to learn about iPhone development:
Three books caught my eye:
Manning "iPhone In Action"
PragProg "iPhone SDK Development"
Oreilly "Head First iPhone Development"
Which book do you suggest (even it is not listed in my list)?
I don't know Objective-C and Cocoa framework.
Thanks.
Mark Spritzler
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I'd recommend

Head First iPhone
The Pragmatic one and the Apress book.

Mark


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Hussein Baghdadi
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Hey Mark,
Do you suggest to read all books you listed in this order (Oreilly, PragProg, Apress)?
Or you mean to read one of them and your recommendation scale is Oreilly -> PragProg -> Apress?
Thanks for help.
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John Todd wrote:Hey Mark,
Do you suggest to read all books you listed in this order (Oreilly, PragProg, Apress)?
Or you mean to read one of them and your recommendation scale is Oreilly -> PragProg -> Apress?
Thanks for help.


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I don't know what I mean. I actually haven't read the Head First one, I read the other two and liked the Apress book a bit better.

I have heard really good things of the Head First book, and might check it out sometime myself.

Mark
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Do you suggest to read both books of Apress and PragProg? or one of them is enough?
If I decided to pick Apress book, what I'm missing in PragProg' book?
Is iPhone development is easy to grasp in general? or takes a considerable amount of time?
Thanks Mark.
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From what I understand about the in Action book, and why I haven't purchased it, is that it deals a lot with not only native iphone development but also iphone web app development. I just haven't needed that latter, so I've avoided the book.


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John Todd wrote:Do you suggest to read both books of Apress and PragProg? or one of them is enough?
If I decided to pick Apress book, what I'm missing in PragProg' book?
Is iPhone development is easy to grasp in general? or takes a considerable amount of time?
Thanks Mark.


Read everything you can. Each book feels different to each person. With regards to iphone dev being easy or not, for me, it was more about learning Objective-C and the iPhone way of doing things. Read through Apple's Human Interface Guidelines. You can get screwed in the App Store if you don't (chances are you will at least once anyway).
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To add to Gregg, expect to get rejected the first couple of times.

When I submitted, I believe it was three rejections I got for not following the guidlines or memory leak or bug. Since then, I have not been rejected once, and I have 4 iPhone apps on the store.

I also agree with Gregg, read as much as you can. I wouldn't say just buy one.

I also think spending time on Objective-C, memory management, and how Apple's MVC works.

Mark
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I am reading the iPhone SDK Development from by Bill Dudney. Great book! I liked it more then the Apress books. I also bought Programming in Objective-C by Stephen Kochan, and Cocoa Design Patterns by Erik Buck, to provide more info on Objective-C and Cocoa.
 
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