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Review Web Designer's Guide to iOS Apps

The Web Designer's Guide to iOS Apps Creating iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Apps with Web Standards HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript by Kristofer Layon is definitely for the novice in that you will not be able to build an iOS application based solely on the information from this book.

That being said, the author takes a designer's approach to app development in that he covers as little code as possible. He assumes the reader has a knowledge HTML, CSS and JavaScript and the emphasis is on styling the default iOS app features and app usability.

After a short introduction to the difference between designing for the web and smaller mobile devices, the author begins by walking the reader through downloading and installing Xcode and NimbleKit. Next, he begins a sample project and covers the graphic requirements for iOS application icons and how to add them to your project.

From that point, the author covers the few lines of code that will display the title bar, tab bars, table view, text and images and discusses how to style them with CSS. Once this minimal app layout is established, the author moves on to integrating the iOS Map application into your app, concentrating on how to style buttons with CSS. Adding the code for audio and video is covered with a few tips for styling their default controls.The author also introduces a few HTML5 elements such as section, header, footer, article, aside, nav, canvas, fonts and RGBA.

At this point, the author discusses a few NimbleKit alternatives including PhoneGap/JQTouch, Titanium Mobile and Sencha Touch for those who wish to go further in iOS app development. The rest of the book is dedicated to submitting and marketing your app in the Apple store and using a supporting website and social media.

I personally found this book slightly disappointing. After researching NimbleKit a little and deciding that it was a good framework for app development with web standards, I started looking for a book that would explain how to use NimbleKit's SDK. Although the book's introduction does state that the book is not meant to be a complete guide to NimbleKit, I was hoping for a little more information, at least an introduction to the many NimbleKIt features. However, this book only touched the surface of both NimbleKit and iOS application development.

Kristofer Layon is a web and app designer and developer. He has a blog dedicated to app design.

*Peachpit provided a review copy to me free of charge.

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