Books on Swift and iOS development for beginners and professionals

iOS development does not lose its relevance, and the number of programmers who create applications for iOS does not decrease. In Russia you can buy several good books that will help beginners gain more theory and practice, and professionals can supplement their skills. A selection of books is under the cut.

Swift. Basics of application development for iOS, iPadOS and macOS

Author: Vasily Usov

This is already the fifth edition of the book. The author said that he listened to the opinions of his readers and expanded the book in accordance with the suggestions received. Thus, the book now contains not only basic information about development for iOS, but also additional aspects regarding the creation of applications. In addition, the publication is adapted to the functions and capabilities of Swift 5.

The publication is unlikely to be suitable for professionals, but novice specialists can get a large amount of information they need to get started. By the way, theoretical information is interspersed with practical examples, and code is also published. At the end of each chapter there are tests and homework assignments that allow you to consolidate the material received.

Swift for kids. Tutorial on creating applications for iOS

AuthorsStars: Gloria Winquist, Matt McCarthy

No, this book is not just for children. Despite the title and illustration on the cover, the publication is suitable for teaching iOS development and for adults. In general, for anyone who wants to learn how to program from scratch or create an application for the iPhone or iPad.

According to the instructions from the book, having familiarized yourself with the basics at the beginning, you can develop two applications – an animated game and a reminder of the birthdays of friends and acquaintances. The basis that is given in the book is enough to begin to understand application development and create something of your own, an independent project, albeit a simple one.

Swift Apprentice: Fundamentals (First Edition): Beginning Programming in Swift

AuthorsStars: Ehab Yosri Amer, Alexis Gallagher, Matt Galloway, Eli Ganim

Representatives of the Kodeco company have written a practical guide for beginner developers who plan to professionally create applications for iOS. The manual provides space for both theory and practice.

In particular, the authors will teach the reader how to create not very complex applications; they also talk about the nuances of working with the AppStore application catalog. The presentation of the material is built on the principle of “from simple to complex.”

In particular, the authors talk about the Swift type system and how best to use it for development. The book is optimized for Swift 5.7.

Swift in detail

Author: Child Int Wayne

And this book is already intended for more experienced specialists. In particular, the author talks about how to develop software for Apple platforms such as iOS and Mac, as well as on a Linux server. This is also a practical guide, with a large number of examples, code sections, and tasks for you to solve yourself.

The book helps the reader master techniques such as generalization, error handling, protocol-oriented programming, and modern Swift patterns. In addition, the author generously shares his own experience, including important and difficult to identify techniques that he mastered while working with Swift.

Head First. Learning Swift

AuthorsStars: John Manning, Paris Buttfield-Addison

Continuation of the popular Head First series of publications. This is a good guide to building Swift apps, starting with the basics. In addition, the book teaches you how to manage data, work with databases, create custom data types, structure applications and create interfaces using SwiftUI. Here are some of the topics covered in the book:

  • Collections and management. Obsessed with data

  • Swift Collection Types

  • How many elements are in the array? And does it have elements?

  • Storing values ​​in a set

  • Storing values ​​in a dictionary

  • Management teams

The author talks in an accessible way about how to develop mobile and web applications, games, frameworks, command line tools and much more. He accompanies his explanations and calculations with a large number of illustrations and examples.

Swift Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide 3rd Edition

Author: Mikey Ward

Another English-language book, which is built in the form of a textbook. The author talks in great detail about the topics he touches on in his book. The material is carefully structured, there are a large number of explanations, practical examples and illustrations. In addition, Ward talks about his personal vision of the current development of iOS development.

The book is not suitable for beginners; it is intended for developers with experience, even if not very much.

Swift Cookbook: Over 60 proven recipes for developing better iOS applications with Swift 5.3

Author: Keith Moon

Well, this is a publication for experienced developers who want to quickly familiarize themselves with the capabilities of Swift 5.3. The author also shares practical tips on developing and creating applications for iOS. To understand the book, you need to know general development concepts and have experience working with Swiftft.

By the way, there is also a small part that is devoted to the basics, apparently so that the reader can refresh his memory of some points. Everything else is average and professional level. At the same time, the book contains a large number of examples that can be taken for real work.

That’s all, actually. But if you have your own books on Swift that you consider useful for a developer, please share them in the comments.

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