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Preface

Preface

Having been involved in the development of applications on a variety of mobile platforms for more than 10 years, I knew the iPhone was something exciting when it was first introduced back in 2008. From a consumer viewpoint, it had the intangible and hard-to-define elements required to make a compelling device that you just wanted to keep coming back to and interact with. To the user, the device “felt right” and it was a pleasure to use rather than simply being a means to an end to achieve a singular task.

As new and refreshing as the iPhone user experience was, the development tools that supported it were also rather unique. For developers without prior exposure to Apple products, the platform was full of new terms, tools, and concepts to grok. This book is designed to provide an introduction to these technologies, with emphasis on covering only those features available for use by iOS applications. For someone learning a new environment, there’s nothing worse than reading a section of a book and attempting to implement what you learn in an application of your own design, only to realize that the Objective-C or Cocoa feature discussed is only applicable to desktop Mac OS X applications.

I hope you enjoy reading this book and you’ll remember its tips while you develop the next iTunes App Store Top 10 application!

CHRISTOPHER FAIRBAIRN

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