You must be raring to go by now and just can’t wait to download the Software Development Kit (SDK). That’s exactly what many new developers do — and later are sorry that they didn’t spend more time upfront understanding the iPad user experience, how applications work in the iPad environment, and the guidelines that Apple enforces for apps to be approved for the App Store.
So be patient. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, that wonderful fantasy of an iPad from 1979, suggests that space is “big, really big . . . you just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is” and suggests that you bring a towel. The guide says a towel “is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” (Again with Douglas Adams? But I promise not to get into the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, or the ultimate question — for which the answer is 42.) This book is your towel for the journey. The following chapters cover all the aspects of development you need to know before you spend time coding. Then, I promise, it’s off to the stars.