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iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 4th Edition

By Joe Conway, Aaron Hillegass, Christian Keur

Published by Big Nerd Ranch Guides

Published Date: Feb 11, 2014


Updated and expanded to cover iOS 7 and Xcode 5, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide leads you through the essential concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications. After completing this book, you will have the know-how and the confidence you need to tackle iOS projects of your own. Based on Big Nerd Ranch's popular iOS Bootcamp course and its well-tested materials and methodology, this bestselling guide teaches iOS concepts and coding in tandem. The result is instruction that is relevant and useful.

Throughout the book, the authors explain what's important and share their insights into the larger context of the iOS platform. You get a real understanding of how iOS development works, the many features that are available, and when and where to apply what you've learned.

Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Xcode 5, Instruments, and Storyboards
  • Building interfaces using the iOS 7 aesthetic
  • ARC and strong and weak references
  • Handling touch events and gestures
  • Toolbars, navigation controllers, and split view controllers
  • Using Auto Layout to scale user interfaces
  • Using Dynamic Type to scale fonts
  • Localization and Internationalization
  • Block syntax and use
  • Saving/loading data: Archiving and Core Data
  • Core Location and Map Kit
  • Communicating with web services using JSON
  • Using the Model-View-Controller-Store design pattern

Table of Contents

1. A Simple iOS Application
2. Objective-C
3. Managing Memory with ARC
4. Delegation and Core Location
5. MapKit and Text Input
6. Subclassing UIView and UIScrollView
7. View Controllers
8. Notification and Rotation
9. UITableView and UITableViewController
10. Editing UITableView
11. UINavigationController
12. Camera
13. UIPopoverController and Modal View Controllers
14. Saving, Loading, and Application States
15. Subclassing UITableViewCell
16. Core Data
17. Localization
18. NSUserDefaults
19. Touch Events and UIResponder
20. UIGestureRecognizer and UIMenuController
21. Instruments
22. Core Animation Layer
23. Controlling Animation with CAAnimation
24. UIStoryboard
25. Web Services and UIWebView
26. UISplitViewController and NSRegularExpression
27. Blocks
28. Unit Testing
29. Model-View-Controller-Store
30. Advanced MVCS
31. iCloud