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Beginning iOS Cloud and Database Development by Brian Miller, Nick Tichawa, Nathan Ooley

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Chapter     2

Introduction to the Cloud

In this chapter, I talk about dynamic data services, specifically iCloud’s ability to automatically sync documents across devices, giving users a simple, streamlined, and seamless experience. Because iCloud is simply a server performing a web service, it is certainly possible to have devices continually sync with the cloud using a web service and a SQL database. However, this is much more complicated than in iCloud, as iCloud has all these features built directly in to it, right out of the box. When developing apps natively for iOS, it requires much undue time and effort to work outside the system that has been set up for you. That being said, if an app is not being developed natively, and is instead a ...

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