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iPhone Design Award-Winning Projects (The Definitive Guide) 2010th Edition
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The book has profiles of developers for five apps: Tweetie, Topple 2, AccuTerra, Postage, and Wooden Labyrinth 3D. For five other apps, it has Q and A sessions with the developers of: Facebook (mistakenly not listed as Q&A in the Table of Contents), Foursquare, Exit Strategy NYC, Delicious Library (interesting in part because Amazon got it banned), and Prowl.
If there had been more discussion of coding, it might have earned that "definitive" in the title. However, it would have lost me and others as readers. I would say it is less a guide and more a narrative that can provide inspiration for others. If you are looking for deep discussions about code, this book isn't for you.
THE GOOD STUFF
These are impressive business and creative success stories. My favorite profile was probably the one about Elias Pietila. It's amazing what someone without a heavy programming background was able to do with only 100 to 120 hours of work. The Q&A sections were interesting as well, particularly the one for Facebook, because there were so many factors (different platforms/uses/functions) they had to consider when designing the grid interface.
Although the book was written with programmers in mind, even if you are not a programmer, you'll enjoy hearing about how they brought these innovative programs to life.
There is some good advice about memory handling, why is good to be lazy when loading resources and there's some interesting low level mach code used to test available memory that I couldn't find even in the Mac OS X Internals by Amit Singh. This information can justify the price of this book and everything else in it comes as a nice bonus.