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No-one likes spending any longer than necessary reading technical books. We read these books because (we hope!) they are condensed instruction manuals, so after reading them, we know what to do, and can get on with it.
This book achieves exactly that: it is compact and concise. It introduces what may be new concepts without any fanfares... it just states - very clearly - what the different parts of the language, and the Objective-C run-time (Cocoa or Cocoa Touch, for the iPhone and iPod touch), do.
You will have to pay attention to the text in this book. There are very few diagrams, (although the examples of interfaces and implementations are neatly explained in Objective-C). If you come from a C, Java or C++ background, most of the verbal descriptions will be easy to comprehend. You may have to re-read some paragraphs, because there is so much information contained in this book, but re-reading should clarify the subject(s) for you. Duncan's writing style is fluid, accurate and not too dry - a welcome relief!
Get this great value book if you need to learn Objective-C and already know C/C++ and don't want a "Dummy-style" explanation.
One of the best O'Reilly books I have ever bought.