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1.0 out of 5 stars A mess, 9 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: iPhone SDK Application Development: Building Applications for the AppStore: Building and Listing for the AppStore (Paperback)
How I wish I had read the reviews on amazon.com before buying this book from amazon.co.uk. The first 3 reviews there say exactly what motivated me to write this review, and have hopefully prevented others from wasting their money.

I gave up on page 34 (of 352).

This book is a jumble, with confusing language, an unforgivable lack of screenshots, and no clear path to explaining how to get an iPhone app running. It repeats itself, and does *not* explain how to do things in a task-based, step-by-step ordered fashion.

Like one of the American reviewers, I too have been programming for 25 years, so I have read a lot of technical books in my time. As I have recently encountered Mac OS X, Objective-C, Xcode and Interface Builder all at once, it's a steep learning curve. But I've been in similar situations many times before, and I know what to expect from technical books. This book is a big disappointment.

I learned more from reading a tutorial in Macworld magazine (November 2009), taken from "Beginning iPhone 3 Development", by Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche, published by Apress. I will go and investigate that book instead, as the explanations in the tutorial are excellent, and the screenshots clear and helpful. And I got a working app from using that magazine instead of this book.

Regarding O'Reilly, I've just finished another of their books - "Objective-C Pocket Reference" by Andrew M. Duncan. By comparison, this was crammed with useful, easy-to-follow information, something that I have become used to when buying from O'Reilly. I will be more careful in future of buying from O'Reilly.

Zdziarski's impenetrable ramble was a waste of time and money.
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