To get from good to great, I believe we have to constantly learn from others, and become early adopters of latest techniques and tools. Other than Apple’s documentation site, these are those that contains valuable articles and resources that help us to make the leap.
Let’s start with some original content blogs:
A monthly updating issue contributing from world-class iOS engineers. Expecting high quality and in-depth articles on certain topic, they also provides a subscription-based newsstand iPad app. Found by Chris Eidhof, Daniel Eggert, and Florian Kugler.
It’s sad that the author decided to put a stop on the site, but the old tutorials are still worth to read. ☹
Class by class in-depth explaination and with sample code. Talks about coding styles and cutting edge approaches of class usages and implementation. Created by Mattt Thompson who published AFNetworking, now managed by Nate Cook.
Personal blog of the author of the most popular commercial PDF library on iOS that has been used by famous apps like Dropbox and Evernote. Contains crazy hacking materials and debugging resources to learn and apply for development.
Blog focused on sharing his personal experience, discussion on code style and API design, and occasionally revealing interesting private classes that used by Apple.
Personal site from the co-author of objc.io. You’ll find a number of articles about performance measurements and discussions, including UI drawing to multi-threaded Core Data.
Written in an interesting Q&A format, contains lots of deep questions not just on Objective-C. If you’re those kinds of developer have questions on rebuilding a fundamental class like NSObject, ask Mike Ash.
Random but useful bits of iOS development logs and insights from the iOS developer’s team at Tumblr.
To keep up to date with news, we’ve some great link blogs here:
Weekly updating since 2011. An iOS newsletter site with more than 20,000 subscribers. Help revealing valuable iOS articles from the web. Also provides Safari push notifications. Founded by Dave Verwer.
One of the first iOS daily resource feed since 2008. Contains a very wide landscape of articles from development tips, UX, rumours, personal experiences and stories, etc. Curated by John Muchow.
Update: Two all rounded sites
One site I am recently helping to write tutorials, design and prototype centric, containing step by step screencast, graphics resources and example projects. Created by Meng To, a man I personally know who has a fascinated story.
Created by my developer friend in Hong Kong, who recently quit his job to dedicate full time on this project. Includes both online and pay to download articles, focused on new API and frameworks for implementation. Worth a shot at Simon Ng.
Updated: Two more original content blogs worth adding to the list -
Useful advices on code architecture, tools, and Xcode tips, certainly missing out during my first publish of this blog post. We are learning a lot from those advanced articles.
Relatively new blog, some bite-sized productivity tips on using Xcode and APIs, worth taking a look even you’re on-the-go, written by Rounak Jain.
Time is limited, we’ve to choose wisely on our news source.
The better you read, the better you produce.
The more you read, the less you produce.
This is certainly not the full list, but it’s a great collection to me. Let me know if there’re some really good sites I’m missing out.
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