I’ve written other articles on getting started with Android, iPhone or iPad development that made the assumption that you have a background in programming. Obviously, for some this might be a leap. I’ve been asked many times since writing that those first articles about what to do to get started if you don’t have a background in coding.
There are several different ways to get started. I’ll try to list some of the better/easier resources to get you started:
- If you have never programmed before, or it has been a few years since you have programmed, I recommend getting started with Java. I have found Java to be a great language to learn to program. It is commonly used and there are lots of great books and websites that cover the basics. I really like the Murach’s Java SE 6 book. If you like, you can follow the book in my Java tutorials here.
The transition from Java to Objective-C is fairly easy if you want to develop for the iPhone or iPad. If you want to develop for Android, then Java is definitely the way to go!
- If your new to programming Objective-C, I would recommend the following books:
- If your new to programming on the iPhone/iPad and have some experience programming, then I highly recommend Mark and LaMache’s two books and the iPhone Application Development for Dummies:
These three books create a nice tutorial and reference library for getting started on your iPhone/iPad app development career.
I also recommend the online lectures (beyond my own :-)) from Stanford available for free download on iTunes: http://itunes.stanford.edu You will have to open this through iTunes and navigate to the CS193P course.
- If your new to programming on the Android: I’m still evaluating books, so I can’t make a definitive suggestion here. I’m currently looking at several titles from Apress including Beginning Android 2. As soon as I have a definite recommendation, I will post it here.
- If you’re getting started with creating a 3-tier project (client-middleware-server), I prefer to use PHP and MySQL. The books that I use (and most of my students have purchased a copy as well, because I DON’T lend it out) are PHP Bible and PHP and MySQL Bible (both from Wiley Press)
I haven’t had much time going through the Cocoa book – my students keep borrowing it!
I (and my students) have used these as references many times. My background (as I have mentioned) is in Java, so these books have proved invaluable many times as I have transitioned to Objective-C.