While most of my work is with FileMaker and PHP, I have been delving into native OS X and iOS apps, and was fortunate to be invited to perform technical editing and code review services for the new Xcode 5 Start to Finish: iOS and OS X Development book by Fritz Anderson. I’ve been anxiously awaiting its publication and received my copy in yesterday’s mail.
This is the second time I’ve worked as a technical reviewer for a book, the first being quite some time ago with The Book of FileMaker 6. Interestingly, the publishers weren’t aware of my experience when they extended the invitation. It actually originated from my criticisms of Fritz’s previous book, Xcode 4 Unleashed. I often try to express constructive criticism of books and software, and the authors of both have always been receptive. I don’t know if other industries are as welcoming, but if you ever come up with ways to improve the products you use, I highly recommend sharing your ideas with the author. Every creator wants to release the best product they can, and as the open source community knows, “given enough eyballs, all bugs are shallow.”
Regardless, if you’re looking for a very readable introduction to the deep guts of Xcode 5, I highly recommend Fritz’s work.