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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Book "Xcode 4 Unleashed" by Fritz Anderson

About the Book: In Xcode 4 Unleashed, renowned Mac/iOS developer Fritz Anderson shows how to use Apple’s powerful new Xcode 4 integrated development environment to develop outstanding software with the least effort possible.
 Anderson demonstrates Xcode 4 by walking through the construction of three full applications: a command-line tool, an iOS app, and a Mac OS X application. These case-study projects offer practical insights and realistic best practices for efficiently utilizing Xcode 4 in day-to-day development.
Next, he drills down to offer an even deeper understanding of Xcode 4’s most powerful capabilities. Through practical examples, he shows experienced Apple developers how to move to Xcode 4’s “browser” model from older document-based approaches. You’ll also find thorough, up-to-the-minute coverage of key tasks ranging from builds and profiling to documentation.
He concludes with a chapter-length roundup of “tips, traps, and features” for maximizing your productivity with Xcode 4—whether you’re writing iOS apps or Mac applications, working solo, or as part of a large development team.
Detailed information on how to…

  • Get started fast with Xcode 4 project workflow.
  • Master Xcode 4’s new features and development paradigms.
  • Construct modern iOS and Mac user interfaces with Interface Builder.
  • Implement Model-View-Controller designs in iOS apps.
  • Use Storyboard to specify an iOS app’s entire structure in one file.
  • Leverage Xcode’s first-class unit testing and measurement tools.
  • Master the essentials of iOS provisioning.
  • Use Mac OS X bindings to simplify the link between data and screen.
  • Quickly localize Mac and iOS software for new languages and markets.
  • Package and share subprograms that can be integrated into any OS X application.
  • Use the Xcode Build System to move from source files to executable products.
  • Fully understand and optimize performance and resource usage.

About the Author: Fritz F. Anderson has been writing software, books, and articles for Apple platforms since 1984. He has worked for research and development firms, consulting practices, and freelance. He was admitted to the Indiana bar, but thought better of it. He is now an iOS and Mac programmer for the Scholarly Technology department at the University of Chicago. He has two daughters.

My Review: This is a book written by someone who knows what he is talking about. The author provides in 28 chapters divided in 4 sections (plus appendixes) a lot of information on how to master Xcode 4.
Although some of his code is not complete, the purpose of the book was to make you get familiar with the development tool. Mission accomplished!
You can download all examples and source code presented in this book on-line.
I recommend this book to all developers who want to get up to speed into Xcode4, even the ones who already used Xcode3.

This book was written by Fritz F. Anderson and published by Pearson Education, Inc in May 2012 and Amazon.com was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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