Saturday, May 28, 2011

Learning the iOS 4 SDK for JavaScript Programmers by Danny Goodman

The first book I ever read by Danny Goodman was “The Complete Hypercard Handbook” which was published in 1987 and was the best selling Macintosh book at that time. Fast forward to 2011 and “Learning the iOS 4 SDK for JavaScript Programmers” published by O’Reilly Media. See how far we have come.

This well-written book introduces newcomers to the world of iOS programming. While it is intended to be a guide for those currently familiar with JavaScript programming concepts, the book is general enough to benefit anyone hoping to learn how to use Apple’s Xcode application and the iOS 4 SDK.

Xcode comes with lots of reference documentation, but Danny keeps us on the right path with a generous amount of sample code and even includes the code for a test workbench that the reader can use to experiment with various code snippets. After examining the differences between an interpreted language like JavaScript and code compiled to run natively, he dives right into a quick tour of the Xcode environment and by the end of Chapter 2 will have you running your first app on the iPhone simulator. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in iOS programming.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook as part of the O’Reilly Reader Review Program.