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iOS Recipes: Tips and Tricks for Awesome iPhone and iPad Apps


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.

What People are Saying

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

Book Information

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iOS Recipes

Tips and Tricks for Awesome iPhone and iPad Apps

by Paul Warren and Matt Drance

ISBN: 9781934356746, 224 pages, $33.00US, $38.00CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

About Pragmatic Bookshelf

The Pragmatic Bookshelf features books written by professional developers for professional developers. The titles continue the well-known Pragmatic Programmer style, and continue to garner awards and rave reviews. As development gets more and more difficult, the Pragmatic Programmers will be there with more titles and products to help programmers stay on top of their game.


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