Craig Hockenberry has been working with images and software for over 30 years. He is currently a principal at the Iconfactory, a company that has been changing the face of the computer desktop since 1996. Their work includes the design & production of icons for Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and other leading software companies.
He's also responsible for the secret control panels at Iconfactory, a website that gives away about 2 terabytes of pixels every month, and keeps many fellow designers informed and entertained.
Craig also loves writing cool software, and thinks that Cocoa and Quartz (for the desktop and iPhone) and Ruby and Rails (for the Web) are the greatest things since sliced bread.
In past lives, Craig has built robots, processed satellite imagery, and created effects filters for Photoshop.
"One of the issues when developing a book like this, is that it gets outdated quickly. Whats nice is that Hockenberry has updated the code samples to work with iOS4 as of this writing. It should also be noted that affects all authors writing about Apple's iOS: because of Apple's NDA, they cannot write about the most current version. It's great that the sample downloads are updated!"
--Scott Yoshinaga, iPhoneNewsBlog.com
"One thing is certain, though. After reading this Missing Manual, an iPhone fan won't be wondering any more about what it takes to make a winning app for their beloved mobile. "
--John P. Mello Jr., TechNewsWorld
"Craig is a great writer, and you just fly through the (600 pages on iPad) book. Its funny, clever and easy to understand. "
--Tim Van Damme, Maxvoltar.com
"@chockenberry Got your book. After 2 hours with it Ive said, Oh, thats how you do it at least 12 times. Taking a 2nd stab at #iphonedev."
"Starting out as an iPhone developer is akin to stumbling into a vast and exotic wilderness, filled with unknown danger and untold possibility. It's easy to get lost without a guide. I can think of no one better than Craig Hockenberry and no better book than this to help you on your way."
"This collection of condensed wisdom is invaluable to app developers. Even experts are likely to learn something new from every page."
"If you want to write an iPhone or iPad app, before you download Xcode, buy this book.
"This book is indispensable for anyone who wants to get serious with iPhone development. It covers not just the technology behind the iPhone OS platform, but the daily life of an iPhone developersomething far more difficult to put into words. Craig has been there since day one, and is now sharing some of his best tricks with all of us. Beginners will quickly get rolling, and even veterans will learn interesting things from the mind of a proven master.