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Certain technologies bring out everyone's hidden geek, as the iPhone did instantly upon its release. Now programmers are yearning to showcase their applications on it, and Jonathan Zdziarski has written a book to show them how to do just that. iPhone Open Application Development (O'Reilly, US $19.99 PDF/Online, $39.99 book) covers both Apple's toolkit and an open, community-developed toolkit that has been widely downloaded and used.
Currently available as a Rough Cut, the book has already drawn more than 100 comments in the first few days on the book's discussion forum on Safari Books Online proving that developing for the iPhone may be just as exciting as owning an iPhone.
Rough Cuts is a service from Safari Books Online that gives you early access to content on cutting-edge technologies--before it's published. It lets you literally read the book as it is being written. You can read it online, download as a PDF, or print. And you can participate in an ongoing discussion about the book and technology.
Zdziarski, the developer of the first fully functional application using the open iPhone toolkit, explains in clear language how to create applications using Objective-C and the iPhone API, which in some ways resembles Apple's desktop API and in other ways strikes new ground. The book covers installation of the toolkits and background on the operating system and Objective-C, then offers detailed recipes and working examples for everyone's favorite iPhone features. Graphics and audio programming, the CoreImage and CoreSurfaces interfaces for games programming, interfacing with iTunes, and the use of sensors are all covered.
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Jonathan Zdziarski is better known as the hacker "NerveGas" in the iPhone development community. His work in cracking the iPhone helped lead the effort to port the first open source applications, and his book, iPhone Open Application Development, taught developers how to write applications for the popular device long before Apple introduced its own SDK. Jonathan's website is zdziarski.com.
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