Best Books for iOS, web development for an ex-con

almost 5 years ago from , Latex Salesman - Vandelay Industries

I have a friend who's recently been released from prison. He's really interested in iOS development / web development as its one of the few routes that offers self-sufficiency through self-employment.

He's just getting on his feet and would love to start learning. Books are currently the most accessible to him as his technology requirements are in flux.

What books would you recommend for someone looking to get into iOS or web development?


  • Richard SisonRichard Sison, almost 5 years ago

    That's great to hear mate. Kudos to your friend. I'd really recommend a combination of video tutorials and books.

    You could recommend they check out Lynda.com or skillshare.com for video tutorials. And also Design + Code by Meng To (designcode.io) is a great resource although I feel it's pretty design-focused too (not sure if they're interested in that?)

    As for web development, it really depends on which area of web development they want to focus on as far as books go. But I'd also recommend online resources such as Treehouse (teamtreehouse.com) or One Month (onemonth.com).

    When I was learning HTML & CSS from scratch a few years back, I did a mix of video tutorials (as it helps to see the examples come to life…) and read a few books. I really enjoyed this one actually (http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Web-Design-Beginners-JavaScript/dp/1449319270). I find books are helpful to give you deeper information about topics videos will generally skim over…

    There are heaps of choices out there! But the important thing to remember is to just stay focused and be consistent with learning. It will be very tough (…and sometimes boring…) but it's worth it.

    Good luck to your friend! And high-five to you for reaching out.

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  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

    Swift Development with Cocoa would be a great start.

    If he gets the chance to use some online courses, Code School and Treehouse both have some great iOS-specific material. Design + Code is all about iOS design and development, too. All highly recommended.

    Stack Overflow is a great place to find code-related answers:

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  • Ryan MurphyRyan Murphy, almost 5 years ago

    I'd recommend he reads up on Duane Jackson - http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2013/08/start/reformed-accounting

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  • Richard SisonRichard Sison, almost 5 years ago

    Oh and another great set of books for the web stuff…

    Jon Duckett's HTML & CSS book and his JavaScript & JQuery book are fantastic reads.

    They're printed books but very visual and beautifully laid-out. Because so much care has been put into their design, it's actually much easier to digest than other types of books. Great for starting out. Would definitely recommend it (and you can probably get them as a set).

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    • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, almost 5 years ago

      Thanks for the response, Richard. A big component of this needs to be books. Unfortunately he's still within the prison system in a bridge program (think half-way house, but not a drug addict). And in this program, he's not allowed to own a computer (there is still some restrictions). Hence why books would be the best bet.

      I'll check out the Duckett books. I actually own them both!

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      • Ali Rushdan TariqAli Rushdan Tariq, almost 5 years ago

        As far as books are concerned, I would recommend the Head First series. The HTML and CSS book is a great, gentle but deep enough introduction to not only the semantics but also the reasonings behind the tech. Make sure to look into the latest edition, though.

        And awesome to hear about your friend's efforts. All the best to him!

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      • Richard SisonRichard Sison, almost 5 years ago

        Completely understand mate. Yes, the Duckett books are a great (and very digestible read).

        I'll also second the "Head First" HTML and CSS book too. It's a pretty entertaining read.

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  • Xavier BertelsXavier Bertels, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

    This excellent free course, on iTunes U: https://itunesu.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/LZDirectory.woa/ra/directory/courses/961180099/feed

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