I’m still working through Joe Conway’s iPhone Programming text and I’m up to Chapter 5. Using an app called Whereami, it guides us through the MapKit framework and how to input text into a field to gather a location name. That portion doesn’t actually work, but I suspect that’s coming up in later chapters.
For now, the app launches and since we’re using the simulator, it locks us into zooming at Apple’s Cupertino campus instead of actually locating where I really am here in Indianapolis.
Up to this point, I can say that I’ve learned things, but I don’t think it’s anything that the book necessarily wanted or intended at any point in time. I’ve learned about a few frameworks and I’m getting the hang of some of the syntax, but the more key items are still foggy to me.
The sheer number of classes, and all their sub and subsequent super classes vex me. They’re so darn many, it’s literally like learning a whole new set of words and the proper grammar along with it. I’ve not run across any resources so far that take the time initially to educate a person about how to efficiently learn them. Perhaps they assume that Apple’s documentation is the right way to do it and there’s just too many to begin with, so it’s a “type it and you’ll figure it out” approach. It doesn’t seem elegant, though.