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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.