Diving In - iOS App Development for Non-Programmers - Kevin J McNeish

Diving In - iOS App Development for Non-Programmers

By Kevin J McNeish

  • Release Date: 2018-11-05
  • Genre: Programming
Score: 4.5
From 71 Ratings


Winner of the Publishing Innovation Award!
"Dedicated to Steve Jobs, this self published book highlights much of what Jobs himself strove for - clear, crisp design, intuitive interface and user experience coupled with high quality, clear content." - Digital Book World

"Most of the books I scanned, even the "Dummies" series, assumed a basic knowledge of computer programming even for iOS beginners. What I like about Kevin's writing is that he doesn't make any assumptions - he just takes you there - step by step." - Lorraine Akemann - Moms With Apps

"Great for developers too! With this book, I finally understand the relationship between Xcode, Swift, Cocoa Framework, and the related Mac tips. If I don't get a concept, the video at the end of each chapter brings it all together. - Dan Neuman

This first book in the series from Kevin McNeish, winner of the Publishing Innovation award, award-winning App Developer, highly acclaimed iOS trainer and conference speaker, is specifically designed to teach non-programmers how to create an App for the iPhone and iPad. Many books designed for the beginning Apple developer assume way too much. In contrast, this book series assumes you know nothing about programming.

This first book is your "easy in" and builds confidence that you can write Apps for the iPhone and iPad. The entire book has been reviewed by people like you--with no experience in how to make an App. Diagrams were added and examples improved until all "beta readers" completely understood each key concept.

Up to Date With the Latest Technologies
The information in this book is up to date with the latest iOS technologies, including the iOS 9 and the latest version of Xcode. You will learn about storyboards, scenes, navigation, displaying lists of data, animating transitions between scenes, using maps, and much more.

Includes Step-by-Step Instructional Videos!
There are seven step-by-step instructional videos in which you watch the author create each part of the App. This is great for non-programmers who might need some extra help.

About the Author
Kevin McNeish is a featured writer and blogger for iPhoneLife magazine as well as author of the best-selling iOS App Development for Non-Programmers book series, winner of the prestigious Publishing Innovation Award. Kevin is creator of iOS apps including iElectionDay (awarded iPad App of the week) and is also Chief Software Architect of Oak Leaf Enterprises, Inc. He has a knack for explaining difficult concepts in a way that you can truly understand. Kevin is a well-known speaker and trainer throughout North America and abroad including conferences such appsworld, MobileConnections, DevConnections, MobileTeach as well as numerous Code Camps and software developer groups.

Kevin's iPhoneLife blog: http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/kevin%20mcneish

Follow Kevin on Twitter: @kjmcneish


  • Easy to understand, straight to the point

    By leonid.t
    Consicely and clearly written guide which I personllay found immensely useful for getting the taste of main Xcode features and learning the basics of putting prototypes together. Would greatly recommend. Moving on to the next book on Swift.
  • Works for old people too.

    By TerryDickinson3
    I was a professional (Main Frame) computer programmer, and have been catching up on newer languages and techniques. I have tried several Swift courses and usually get hung up due either to software upgrades, or coding errors the ebooks don’t cover. This one was a dream. Everything worked as intended, or the XCODE debuggers showed me my typing errors. Good to see professional work in an ebook.
  • The best book for diving!!

    By ssamadgh
    I searched a lot to find a book or course to learning Xcode and these series of books are the best one I found. Without a doubt!
  • Very easy to follow and a great starting point for a non-Apple developer

    By Cleanup Crew
    This book is very good and a very easy read. The instructions are very detailed, so it is very easy to follow the directions. I have been a developer for 20 years and have used serveral IDE’s in my career from Visual Studio to Eclipse. However, XCode never seemed easy for me because of the lack of good documentation on the web. This book is a good jump start for a very low cost. There is one thing to note. I am reading “Diving Into iOS 8” and am on Chapter 4. So far no problem with the exception of not being able to display the table in the simulator. The solution was to add the following steps: Click on the "Navigation Controller”. In the Inspector to the right, click on the 3rd icon from the right to show the “Attributes Inspector”. Look for the “View Controller” section, and click “Is Initial View Controller”. Now, if you run the simulator, you will be able to see the table.
  • Wonderful!

    By nickkohrn
    I want to develop iOS apps. It has not been easy to get started until now. The problem is that most books and manuals assume too much about you. They assume that you have a decent amount of prior knowledge of the subject. Not this book, though. I love how detailed and easy the concepts and terminology are to comprehend. If you want to get started with iOS development, I would start here.
  • There are many ‘Beginning’ iOS & Objective-C Books out there. This is the ONLY SERIES that works!

    By MTfandor
    Attempting to auto-didact myself into the wondrous world of app development over the last 2 years has been brutal. The other texts out there all start out nice, but 4 to 6 chapters in things sort of fall off… This series, starting with this marvelous Book 1, is truly a revolution, unbelievably well designed with the hydrocephallic idiot like myself in mind! Nice, big text, pretty pictures, animated flash cards, and most delightful of all, the movies at the end of Ch3 through 9. Most important of all, it brings out the FUN that draws us into this most difficult subject to begin with! I am deeply grateful to the good Dr. McNeish (and any associates, for that matter) for the conception and presentation which have resulted in a WONDERFUL experience. There is simply no other text on this subject which ANY beginner should even consider. Very reasonably priced, for a priceless work.
  • I love this book!!!!!!

    By totherevolution
    This book makes it so easy to understand the beginning process to making an app even without any prior knowledge of app making what-so-ever!!! I mean it! I've heard great things about Kevin and He clearly lives up to his great unique ability to teach, You gotta get this book!
  • Sweet Spot of Technical/Hand-holding

    By Sigma902
    I have completed several Intro to iOS development books and e-books but never really gained traction. Seemed like the API’s and Xcode changed too much each year that I was never quite sure what of the texts still applied and Xcode was useable but difficult to understand. This book definitely gets your feet wet and I appreciated the thoroughness of instructions and illustrations to build confidence. Have bought other 2 books in series and would not hesitate to purchase others as released based on Book 1. Kevin and his wife presented to Mac User Group and he seems like a great instructor with enthusiasm for anyone to learn iOS programming.
  • Simply Amazing!

    By HD COWBOY 86
    I just finished the first book and made my first prototype app. It feels so great! This book is so easy to follow along with. I love the mix of written instruction and video instruction. Learning a concept both ways really helps it sink in. Thank you so much for creating this series. Just bought the second book. Can't wait to learn more!
  • The REAL book for intro programmers

    By kgbMI
    This is a great book for teaching people who really don't know anything about programming how to write (or prototype) a mobile app. So many books start with "This book assumes you have at least intermediate experience with C++ or Objective C…" This book assumes you have nothing, and walks you through the whole thing. Rather than starting with arcane objective C or even the "Hello World" program, it does a great job of putting the shiny things in front of you and showing you how they interact. The storyboard and segues are described in great detail. The movies at the end of each chapter are a great summary of what you had just seen. If the goal of this book is to get you to buy book 2 and 3 by whetting your appetite on how to make a real mobile app at least look like it is functioning, the goal is met!