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Recommended iPhone SDK Books

Chris StewartChris Stewart Posts: 765Administrators Admin
edited March 2012 in Site News & Announcements
Many of you have asked for a section for iPhone SDK books that are highly recommended. We've added a page that will have items added over time. Not every book will find its way to the list, as we'll only list those that receive high praise from the community and those that we personally review and recommend. If you'd like to recommend a title for review, please email me at chris@iphonedevsdk.com.

All of the listings do have our Amazon affiliate link embedded, so any purchases of these titles by following our links will support iPhone Dev SDK.

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  • rmonsonrmonson Posts: 10Registered Users
    edited September 2009
    The book I prefer, which is only available now as a download but should be in book stores in about a month is iPhone SDK Development by Bill Dudney and Chris Adamson. I've tried many of the other books out there, but for me this book is the best. Here is a link for the download if anyone is interested.

    iPhone SDK Development

    thanks,

    Richard Monson-Haefel
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  • KatieKoderKatieKoder Posts: 13Registered Users
    edited September 2009
    I am a complete noob and I am getting a lot from the iphone for Dummies book. I checked it out of my local library.
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  • rmonsonrmonson Posts: 10Registered Users
    edited September 2009
    KatieKoder wrote: »
    I am a complete noob and I am getting a lot from the iphone for Dummies book. I checked it out of my local library.

    I never tried that one - Dummies books can be a great way to get started.
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  • YakattakYakattak Posts: 117Registered Users
    edited September 2009
    iPhone Games Projects, another APress book.

    Amazon.com: iPhone Games Projects (9781430219682): PJ Cabrera: Books
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  • jreed180jreed180 Posts: 3New Users
    edited October 2009
    I got this book it is actually good for tuning

    Amazon.com: iPhone Games Projects (9781430219682): PJ Cabrera: Books
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  • joepimmsjoepimms Posts: 1New Users
    edited October 2009
    im not to sure if i would put a question i have here or not but ill ask my question..

    i would like to know what would be a good book or info that would explain xcode a bit more better, i mean what are all the types of projects you can do, and what they can do
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  • YakattakYakattak Posts: 117Registered Users
    edited October 2009
    joepimms wrote: »
    im not to sure if i would put a question i have here or not but ill ask my question..

    i would like to know what would be a good book or info that would explain xcode a bit more better, i mean what are all the types of projects you can do, and what they can do

    You can find that in the documentation on the iPhone Developer Connection page.
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  • sengansengan Posts: 1New Users
    edited October 2009
    I'd like to recommend my own book, Teach Yourself Cocoa Touch in 24 Hours. When I was asked to write it, I agreed because when I learned Cocoa I found most books quite unhelpful. They either assumed prior Mac knowledge or assumed you'd never seen a computer in your life. This is the book I would have liked to have had when I learned Cocoa: it explains how things work, how APIs are architected and why, and introduces you to many tools you might not even have heard about.

    If you're interested, I've written a article detailing its contents in more detail.
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  • purgepurge Posts: 2New Users
    edited October 2009
    I found the book iPhone Developer's Cookbook by Erica Sadun to be very helpful!
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  • tpurvestpurves Posts: 30Registered Users
    edited October 2009
    I really like the style of iPhone SDK Development. It's a good reference and an easy read.

    Prior to the release of the above, I was using Beginning iPhone 3 Development, Jeff LaMarche (Author) also has a good blog.
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  • wickedHangoverwickedHangover Posts: 5New Users
    edited December 2009
    purge wrote: »
    I found the book iPhone Developer's Cookbook by Erica Sadun to be very helpful!

    I totally agree. I also purchased the Beginning iPhone 3...from Apress but I don't like that one as much. Are there other books that teach iPhone programming without Interface Builder? I really find that IB confines what I can do. Once I stopped using it my interfaces all came together the way I had hoped.
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  • AppStoreModAppStoreMod Posts: 90Registered Users @
    edited December 2009
    I have three books. iPhone SDK 3: Visual QuickStart Guide (Paperback), iPhone Game Development (AppsAmuck), and iPhone SDK 3 Programming: Advanced Mobile Development for Apple iPhone and iPod touch (Wiley) (Paperback). I only like 2 of the 3 books. That is everything else except the book from AppsAmuck. It just doesn't explain much and is stupid how we have to follow along with the source code instead of writing it up. The other books I high recommend because they go step by step and is very easy to understand. The links to those books will be found below.

    iPhone SDK 3 Programming: Advanced Mobile Development for Apple iPhone and iPod touch (Wiley) (Paperback)

    iPhone SDK 3: Visual QuickStart Guide (Paperback)

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  • idevbooksidevbooks Posts: 16Registered Users
    edited January 2010
    When I started to write iPhone apps I was amazed by the number of books available and decided to make a site that would have information about every iPhone development book out there. Currently the site has information about over 60 titles and I'm adding links to major reviews, free sample chapters, source code download pages etc.

    The address of the site is idevbooks.com

    It would be nice to get some feedback. Do you find this kind of site useful? Any features that you would like to be added?

    It is very much a work in progress and my apps keep me busy at the moment, but I do update it as new titles are published. Please note that the Amazon links from the site have an affiliate code. Full disclosure can be found at the about pages.
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  • kylekkylek Posts: 6New Users
    edited January 2010
    I cant wait until the end of the month for this book to come out. The other game programming books that I can find aren't rated that well on Amazon.
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  • dljefferydljeffery Posts: 1,315iPhone Dev SDK Supporter, Registered Users @ @ @ @
    edited January 2010
    Just picked up Manning's iPhone in Action, 2nd edition PDF for only $12.49 using MobileOrchard's discount code "moborc2".

    It's part of the MEAP (Manning Early Access Program); at this point it's far from complete, but it includes the full 1st edition PDF as well. Print date is expected to be June 2010. You can also get it with the print edition for around $20 total (with discount code) if you like printed books. I still prefer printed books for things like novels, but for tech books I think I switched entirely to PDF a couple years ago.

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  • Duncan CDuncan C Posts: 9,045Tutorial Authors, Registered Users @ @ @ @ @ @ @
    edited August 2010
    purge wrote: »
    I found the book iPhone Developer's Cookbook by Erica Sadun to be very helpful!

    I liked that one too, but has it been updated? It was written before the SDK was released, and lacks a current information.
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  • dylanreichdylanreich Posts: 69Tutorial Authors, Registered Users @
    edited August 2010
    purge wrote: »
    I found the book iPhone Developer's Cookbook by Erica Sadun to be very helpful!

    Great book. I like the whole "recipe" thing.
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  • john_wesleyjohn_wesley Posts: 4New Users
    edited October 2010
    There are lots of books available in various stores but the point is the person who is learning should be focused on what he wants to get from that book. Either he may a novice programmer or an expert but whatever book you use stay focused on what things you need to grasp from that book.

    I say this because many novice programmers try one book, and when they are halfway through the book, they feel its hard to understand then they go for some other book much easier and finally end up withouth even learning the basics.
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  • ShredderClayShredderClay Posts: 44Registered Users
    edited December 2010
    I recently bought WROX's

    Beginning iOS 4 Application Development
    Wei-Meng Lee
    ISBN: 978-0-470-91802-9
    October 2010

    I think it is a great book. I have been working my way through it, however apparently the latest sdk made a few changes in the beta stage, so some of the instructions needs updating.
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  • dapisdapis Posts: 311Registered Users @ @
    edited December 2010
    Duncan C wrote: »
    I liked that one too, but has it been updated? It was written before the SDK was released, and lacks a current information.

    Yes, there is a much-larger version out now and it's quite good.

    I had my first app just about finished when the first edition of Erica Sadun's book came out, but it would have saved some pain if she had released it sooner! Or for that matter if the SDK hadn't been under NDA for so long (the good old days).

    My only gripe with the first edition was the number of items included that could not be used without violating Apple's API conditions. The second edition does not suffer from that.

    Unfortunately, things are moving fast, and even her second edition is falling behind the times considerably now.
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  • tripp13tripp13 Posts: 148Registered Users
    edited February 2011
    Due to the high level of praise I express in this post, I need to start off by saying I am NOT affiliated in any way with the authors, editors, or publishers. I'm just extremely impressed and thought some of y'all might want to take a gander at these two books.

    I recently found two new books in iBooks. I've read a lot of the books out there and for the most part they are all the same in the sense they give really basic examples and don't show how to implement the different aspects into an actual application someone would develop.

    These two are:
    Professional iPhone and iPad Application Development by Gene Backlin and
    Professional iPhone and iPad Database Application Programming by Patrick Alessi

    They are both available in from iBooks and are by the WROX's guys. These books do expect you to have some knowledge of OOP. They don't waste 3 chapters and 60 pages by walking you through becoming a developer and downloading XCode. Instead, they take you right to the meat and bones of programming.

    So far, a lot of the questions that get asked repeatedly in the forums are covered, i.e. displaying data from one class in another. The examples are in depth and incorporate enough elements into them to give you a great example to use in order to create your own, fully functional application.

    If you have no experience, get these two books along with a beginners book. Go through the beginners book first to learn what OOP is, how to navigate XCode, and acquire the fundamentals necessary to understand these two books (they're not overly technical, but they don't explain the basics...they only explain the more 'advanced' techniques].

    If you can't tell, I'm a very satisfied reader.

    If you decided to take a look, I hope y'all enjoy them as much as I do.

    - Enjoy
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  • KhurshidKhurshid IslamabadPosts: 47Registered Users @
    edited August 2011
    I think iphone & iPad sdk development book is the best
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  • MajoraMajora Posts: 17Registered Users
    edited August 2011
    I would highly recommend the book "Programming in Objective-C Third Edition" for anyone looking to learn Objective-C. Assumes no prior knowledge of C, but some programming experience is helpful. Very easy to understand book for beginners such as myself and the author answers any questions you may have about Objective-C on his forum. Love it.
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  • nicsmothermannicsmotherman Posts: 29Registered Users
    edited February 2012
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  • rahulsinghrahulsingh Posts: 46Registered Users @
    edited February 2012

    I read it too. I think its a really good book for those who have just started their journey into iOS Development. They have the latest version available which covers iOS 5.
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