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March 4th, 2010

Welcome to the official site for the newest Missing Manual from Pogue Press and O’Reilly Media: iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual

When I began to write this book, I made an important observation: there are many great books that cover the APIs that make up the iPhone SDK. There are books that examine important topics like interface design. And, of course, there’s a rich library of information available on Objective-C, Cocoa and other underlying technologies.

But something was missing.

With its multi-touch display, ubiquitous networking, and small form factor, this device we carry around in our pockets is a major shift in computing. A new platform doesn’t come along very often, but with over 75 million devices sold in 2½ years, I think it’s safe to say the iPhone has arrived.

And with a new platform comes a question: what does it mean to be an iPhone developer? With the arrival of of this new device, you’re not just dealing with new technologies in the iPhone SDK, you’re also struggling with new concepts and how to apply them. You can’t take all your experience with desktop computers and use it on a mobile phone. New workflows for developing code need to be adopted. Different approaches toward pricing and distribution must be examined before uploading your work to iTunes. Understanding customer behavior changes as you enter a mass market.

In short, there’s more to learn than just how to code, so I wrote about it.

Of course, I cover topics like Objective-C and Cocoa Touch in detail, but that’s not the overall focus. As the header on this website states: This book walks you through the entire iPhone app development process from start to finish. To get a feel for what you’ll see on this journey, take a look at what ‘s covered in each chapter.

I’m also planning on using this site as a way to present information that didn’t fit within the confines of the book. Add this site to your bookmarks or RSS feeds, or follow @appdevmanual on Twitter, because there’s a great story about Safety Light coming up soon…

The Reviews

“Indispensable for anyone who wants to get serious with iPhone development. It covers not just the technology behind the iPhone OS platform, but the daily life of an iPhone developer—something far more difficult to put into words. Craig has been there since day one, and is now sharing some of his best tricks … Beginners will quickly get rolling, and even veterans will learn interesting things from the mind of a proven master.”

Matt Drance

Bookhouse Software

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