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iPhone in Action

Introduction to Web and SDK Development
Christopher Allen and Shannon Appelcline
  • December 2008
  • ISBN 9781933988863
  • 472 pages
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NEWER EDITION AVAILABLE

iOS 4 in Action is now available. An eBook of this older edition is included at no additional cost when you buy the revised edition!


iPhone in Action is an in-depth introduction to both native and web programming for the iPhone. You'll learn how to turn your web pages into compelling iPhone web apps using WebKit, iUI, and Canvas. The authors also take you step by step into more complex Objective-C programming. They help you master the iPhone SDK including its UI and features like accelerometers, GPS, the Address Book, SQLite, and many more. Using Apple's standard tools like Dashcode, Xcode, and Interface Builder, you'll learn how to best use both approaches: iPhone web and SDK programming.

about the technology

The iPhone explodes old ideas of a cell phone. Its native SDK offers a remarkable range of features including easy-to-build graphical objects, a unique navigation system, and a built-in database, all on a location-knowledgeable device. Websites and web apps can now behave like native iPhone apps, with great network integration.

what's inside

  • A comprehensive tutorial for iPhone programming
  • Web development, the SDK, and hybrid coding
  • Over 60 web, Dashcode, and SDK examples

about the reader

This book is intended as an introduction to its topics. Proficiency with C, Cocoa, or Objective-C is helpful but not required.

about the author

Christopher Allen is one of the leaders of the iPhone Web Developer community. He is the host of iphonewebdev.com, which is the largest community of iPhone-based web developers anywhere, and manages its mailing list. He also helped to organize iPhoneDevCamp and oversaw its Hack-a-thon. Christopher is a longtime technologist, and is also a leader in social software and was one of the authors of TLS, the next-generation SSL protocol.

Shannon Appelcline is a writer and technologist. He was a participant in Charles River Media's Massively Multiplayer Game Development 2. He has also been published by Chaosium Inc., Issaries Inc., Jones Publishing, Partizan Press, White Wolf Publishing, and Wizards of the Coast. In 2007 he wrote over 350,000 words for professional publication, including books for Mongoose Publishing and Moon Design Publications. He has also written fiction published by Green Knight Publishing and comic books published by Skotos Tech.

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