Zdziarski, who is better known in the hacker community as NerveGas, played a key role in opening the iPhone's environment to third-party software development. His book relates the amazing feats the hacking community accomplished, and outlines the major low-level frameworks and APIs available on what formerly was a closed device. "The open source community's strong push for an open platform seems to have convinced Apple to do the same," says Zdziarski, "And Apple has released an 'official' SDK for the iPhone, providing the community now with two great paths to choose for development--enterprise and free/open source."
iPhone Open Application Development was written specifically for the very large community surrounding the open, 'free' tool chain. "However, it offers enough of a significant overlap with Apple's 'official' SDK that it will greatly benefit developers in both camps by exposing the iPhone's frameworks and APIs at their lowest-level on the device, as well as introduce readers to the many core concepts for building iPhone applications, with easy-to-understand word illustrations," says Zdziarski. The book also includes a brief primer on Objective C for proficient C/C++ programmers.
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The Appendix includes a compendium of miscellaneous code examples for cool application features, such as using the camera and creating a CoverFlow®-like album browser.
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Jonathan A. Zdziarski is better known as the hacker "NerveGas" in the iPhone development community. He is well known for his work in cracking the iPhone and lead the effort to port the first open source applications. Hailed on many geek news sites for his accomplishments, Jonathan is best known for the first application to illustrate and take full advantage of the major iPhone APIs: NES.app, a portable Nintendo Entertainment System emulator.
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