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It always slightly baffles me why Apple have not reaped the rewards of their success through a Technical Education Department, like so many other technical companies. When you have a great product and a ripe demand ready for the picking, it is a win:win situation, where the vendor has the ability to direct and advise development practices on said product, through education. This in turn can lead to increased adoption, standardization, innovation and reduced support cases/development errors (bugs).

So as far as I know, it is down to Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), that we have just seen in San Francisco this month (June), to train the faithful within sessions by Apple Engineers and outside of that, by their great Developer Community. This secondary group being helped by some elite and studious developers to create materials for publication in book format or hands-on training courses themselves.

I have always been an advocate of Training Through a Recession... Could Just Help You Out and that 2011 will be the year when the Corporate Developer Goes Mobile

On the first subject, books, there are many great books around and my taste is currently being satisfied mainly by APress. Here are a few more reviews for their iOS books...

  • Beginning iPhone 4 Development: Exploring the iOS SDK by David Mark - APress, ISBN 9781430230243

I already have a copy of the original book based on iOS 3 and I was pleased to see the changes throughout the book, updating it to new features and screens etc to iOS 4. I was also happy to see the additional chapters on Threading & Multitasking (Grand Central Dispatch) and iPad development. This, in my honest opinion, is still one of the best intro books around and from a great set of APress iOS books that is helping me to grown my bookshelf

  • Pro Core Data for iOS: Data Access and Persistence Engine for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Apps (Books for Professionals by Professionals) - APress, ISBN 9781430233558

Again the guys at APress have got some talented authors to create a book that is another great addition to my iOS bookshelf at home. It is well written and contains great clear examples, enabling me as the reader, whom is new to Core Data, to a level of knowledge where I can happily tackle Core Data in my future projects.

NOTE - The two book reviews above are the Author's own personal thoughts and is no way linked with either, the Authors, Publisher, Sybase or SYS-CON

About Ian Thain
As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain

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