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How easy is it for an absolute beginner to create apps for a device as sweet as the iPhone or as sexy as the iPad? Great news: The most downloaded apps are not complex. The most popular apps are simple, common-sense tools for life…like finding your car in a parking lot, making better grocery lists, or tracking your fitness progress.

With Apple’s recent announcement of the new iPhone along with the advent of the iPad, the floodgates of interest in programming apps have swung wide open. There is an astonishing surge of excitement toward learning how to program for the iPhone and iPad.

How easy is it for an absolute beginner to create apps for a device as sweet as the iPhone or as sexy as the iPad? Great news: The most downloaded apps are not complex. The most popular apps are simple, common-sense tools for life…like finding your car in a parking lot, making better grocery lists, or tracking your fitness progress.

So where do we start? Well, Dr. Rory Lewis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and author of Apress’s latest book "iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners" lists to two minimal requirements needed to get started:

1) Intel-based Macintosh running OS X 10.5.3 or later. (If the Mac was purchased after 2006, it’s okay. If the Mac is older, some more RAM needs to be added.)

2) Register as a developer with the iPhone/iPad Software Development Kit (SDK) here: http://developer.apple.com/programs/iphone/

About "iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners"
The iPhone is the hottest gadget of our generation, and much of its success has been fueled by the App Store, Apple’s online marketplace for iPhone applications. Over 1 billion apps have been downloaded in the nine months the App Store has been open, ranging from the simplest games to the most complex business apps. Everyone has an idea for the next best-selling iPhone app and with the release of the iPad, the demand will just continue to grow!

So how does one build an application for the iPhone and iPad? Does it require years of learning complicated programming languages? What about Objective-C, Cocoa Touch, and the SDK? The answer is that anybody can start building simple applications for the iPhone and iPad. This book helps readers get their first applications up and running using plain English and practical examples. It cuts through the fog of jargon and misinformation that surrounds iPhone and iPad application development, and gives simple, step-by-step instructions and offers videos that enable readers to follow along with the author.

"iPhone and iPad Apps for Absolute Beginners"
By Dr. Rory Lewis

  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-2700-7
  • ISBN10: 1-4302-2700-1
  • 336 pp.
  • Published June 2010
  • Print Book Price: $29.99
  • eBook Price: $20.99

About the Author
Dr. Rory Lewis is a 48-year-old Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is often mistaken for the Hippie with the dead-head shirts walking aimlessly around the campus. He is also described as the guy in the office where students are always lined up outside. He is heralded as the dude that will explain your math and computer code, even when he first checks and sees you’ve done 800 tweets and 2700 Facebook comments while you should have been in class! His adult daughters describe him as a dad who once was a successful microprocessor litigation lawyer in Palo Alto but who couldn’t resist his dorkiness and went back to school to become a doctor of Geekdom!

About Apress
Apress, Inc., part of Springer Science+Business Media, is a technical publisher devoted to meeting the needs of IT professionals, software developers, and programmers, with more than 1,000 books in print and a continually expanding portfolio of publications. Apress offers a complete package of books on developing for the iPhone and Mac OS X. For developers who want to code games, create compelling user interfaces, or better get a handle on just what makes an app cool, Apress has all the books to suit. For more information about Apress, visit http://www.apress.com.

To obtain more information, request press copies, or arrange an interview with Apress authors, please contact Lisa Lau at 212-460-0209.

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