This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
I know how to stop your view from rotating. First, in your info plist file, you'll have a "Supported interface orientations (iPad)" property. Set it to the orientation you want. Secondly, in your iPad controller, override the "shouldAutorotateToInterfaceOrientation" method, and make it return NO