This is a massive cookbook with tons of recipes. It covers a ton of material and it covers it in depth. Although this book is more of a reference than a cover to cover read, every time I use it to look something up I find myself getting sucked in and reading several chapters.
The author starts off with a really cool chapter called The Basics. It covers a ton of basics. Everything from packaging iOS apps for distribution to Objective-C language basics to loading data from bundles to using NSNotificationCenter to broadcast events.
The rest of the chapter's recipes topics are reflected in the titles of the chapters. I have listed them all below.
1. The Basics 2. Implementing Controllers and Views 3. Auto Layout and the Visual Format Language 4. Constructing and Using Table Views 5. Storyboards 6. Concurrency 7. Core Location and Maps 8. Implementing Gesture Recognizers 9. Networking, JSON, XML, and Twitter 10. Audio and Video 11. Address Book 12. Files and Folder Management 13. Camera and the Photo Library 14. Multitasking 15. Core Data 16. Dates, Calendars, and Events 17. Graphics and Animations 18. Core Motion 19. iCloud 20. Pass Kit
Each chapter begins with a short introduction to the topic that will be covered by the recipes, and each recipe has a Problem, Solution, and Discussion section.
Chapter 2 is my favorite chapter. It is 153 pages long and covers a ton of the controls and views in iOS 6. It is really nice to see a full example dedicated to each one of the controls.
So far I have used this book to figure out how to deploy my application to testers using the iPhone Configuration Utility, add maps and getting directions to my application, make use of the NSURLConnection, get started with Core Data, get static Json data out of the application's bundle, and make use of the address book, camera, and photo library.
The downloadable code is awesome. It is very well organized and is very usable. It all just runs, which is great. I have had a few books recently where that was not the case.
This book will stay by my side until the next version of it becomes available. I am constantly reaching for it. Any serious iOS 6 developer owes it to themselves to pick up a copy of this book.
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