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July 14, 2011

iOS Recipes: Tips and Tricks for Awesome iPhone and iPad Apps--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf

iOS Recipes

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Raleigh, NC—Take your iPhone and iPad apps to the next level. You've seen cool features and tricks in other apps, but haven't had the time to really look into how they're done. We've got the answers for you.

iOS Recipes: Tips and Tricks for Awesome iPhone and iPad Apps (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $33.00 print) walks you through clean, reusable solutions to a wide variety of problems and patterns common to iOS development with Cocoa Touch and Objective-C. With these recipes in your arsenal, your next apps will be more polished and more maintainable than ever.

iOS Recipes begins with a tour of UIKit. Former Apple Evangelist Matt Drance and expert graphical-systems programmer Paul Warren show you how to write splash screens and embedded web browsers that are easily dropped into any project. You'll explore techniques for building complex table views without losing yourself in a sea of code, and see how to add some unique visual touches to any table—even the ones you've already built.

Next you'll explore Quartz and Core Animation, and you'll walk through a number of fills, transforms, and animations that will breathe life into any app or game. You'll also learn about gestures, transitions, and custom controls to take your user interactions to the next level.

You'll tackle networking with a few basic techniques to prevent unnecessary repetition in your codebases, and address some more complex problems like uploading large files to a web server. Finally, you'll see some simple disciplines and ideas that will make architecting, debugging, maintaining, and ultimately shipping your application easier every single time.

By the end of this book, you'll have expanded your iPhone and iPad development knowledge and be well on your way to building elegant solutions that are ready for whatever project you take on next.

Available in epub, mobi, and PDF direct from the publisher and in paperback from fine bookstores worldwide.

Advance Praise
"This is the book that commonly answers the "How did they do that" question. It is an essential book for anyone who wants to sprinkle little bits of awesome in their app."
—Justin Williams, Crew chief, Second Gear

"If I had to pick just one person to learn from, to learn the best ways to do things in iOS, it would be Matt Drance. And the book doesn't disappoint. I made use of a couple recipes immediately, and I look forward to using more of them, especially Paul's fun graphics and animation recipes!"
—Brent Simmons, Developer, NetNewsWire

"This is a great book for both beginners and experienced developers. It's packed with useful up-to-date examples showing how to add professional-grade features to your projects, with great explanations and a focus on the code."
—Michael Hay, Master developer, Black Pixel LLC

For a review copy or more information please email pragprogpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

About the Authors

Matt Drance founded Bookhouse Software, an iOS development and consulting company, after an eight-year career at Apple. He also trains new iOS developers for the Pragmatic Studio, and shares his thoughts on the industry at Apple Outsider (appleoutsider.com). When he isn't coding, writing, teaching, or being a stay-at-home dad, Matt snowboards and races cars in Northern California.

View Matt Drance's full profile page.

Paul Warren fell in love with computer graphics, programming on his Commodore 64, in the early 80s. After 20 years of corporate programming in assembler, he got back to his first love: working with fun graphical systems. Paul's iOS development and consulting company, Primitive Dog, specializes in 2D animation and custom controls. Two young daughters are enough to take up any time not spent making things flip, spin, and fly across his screen.

View Paul Warren's full profile page.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including: code, errata, discussions, full table of contents, excerpts from the book and more, see the catalog page for iOS Recipes.

iOS Recipes iOS Recipes
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
By Matt Drance, Paul Warren
Print ISBN: 9781934356746  
Pages: 224
Print Price: $33.00  
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