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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    This author thinks that publishing a book in 2012 that goes no f

    This author thinks that publishing a book in 2012 that goes no further than Xcode 4.2 (OMG) is a good thing. Give me a break! We are all now at Xcode 4.5.2 and iOS 6, with significant changes! But this criticism is minor, honestly, to be fair, because every decent book regarding Apple Apps is dated within 3-6 months. However, this particular book, in my opinion, is downright egregious, because (1) the author seems to think that his inside jokes laid down every 4th or 5th line of the book is OK. This gets very tedious, extremely tiresome, and downright obnoxious. And (2) the author thinks that he must drag the reader through everything kind of mishap that might occur, one purposely placed code or design bug at a time, one right after another. ARGGHHH! The real joke is that his books requires a sophisticated reader/practitioner. Nobody in their right mind would pick up this book with little or no programming experience. Anybody looking to work through this book is a SERIOUSLY experienced programmer. I have 45+ years of programming under my belt and the absolute VERY last thing I need is to have a self-aggrandizing author who wishes to drag me through one purposefully screwed-up code after another, just to "teach" me how to "properly" create a text-field and a button. ARRGGGHHHHH!! This book should be pulled from the shelves.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

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    This is a great piece of work. It teaches Xcode in great detail yet it's pleasant to read.

    I preordered this book before the release date only because of the title. I've been using Xcode for over a year -- first Xcode 3 and then Xcode 4 when it came out -- but I never fully understood all its functionality. I had Richard Wendtk's book "Xcode 4", which was in print remarkably soon after Xcode 4 itself was released. That's a good book with lots of solid information. It taught me a lot but it doesn't cover everything. Anderson's book is at least as good and probably better. If you want to know as much as possible about Xcode you need both but if you only buy one, I think Anderson's is the better choice. It has great depth and detail on lots of topics and the author has a clear and easy-to-read style even though he's writing about some pretty complicated stuff. Clearly a huge amount of hard work went into preparing this book.

    The first day it arrived I started reading around page 19, "Hello World", even though I knew how to start a new project. I expected to sample topics here and there but instead I found myself reading page-after-page continuously up to about page 100. The topics on those pages were things I thought I already knew but I kept reading because the topics were presented so clearly and because I kept coming across things that I actually didn't know and probably would not have found on my own. And I kept having "Aha!" moments, which was pleasant. I'm not stopping at page 100, I just haven't had time to read further yet.

    He uses a running example project to illustrate the concepts. The project is well chosen for the purpose and quite simple, so you don't have to struggle to understand the project in order to learn about Xcode. And he doesn't overemphasize the project as many authors do, and which I find annoying. The index looks extensive and well organized but I haven't used it much yet.

    I think this will be one of my favorite iOS books.

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