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NSHipster: Obscure Topics in Cocoa & Objective C Paperback – November 12, 2013
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As soon as I saw that there was a book, I bought it. Straightaway, no questions. I knew I wanted to own it, and was excited to read it.
What I found inside disappointed me. The text is full of simple grammatical mistakes and omissions. One proofread would easily yield impressive results on this manuscript. Sentences are incomplete, words are left out, newlines are unnecessarily inserted, and some tables lack the context to be properly interpreted.
The content, on the other hand, is great. I've learned a lot and enjoyed the writing style, just like on the website. ("Just like the movie!")
Five stars for content and concept, but if there were a separate scale for the copy editing, this first edition would achieve only 1 star on it. I hope a later edition will address my gripes.
The book (or in my case Kindle edition) is great. Its is not overly verbose in the coverage of topics, but still explains enough for the reader to gain understanding. For me at least that is the perfect setup, as I like to know the basic idea and then tinker for a better understanding.
It hits mostly obscure topics, not all of these will necessarily be used by a developer but it is good to at least know about them. There were a few topics that I think are more common knowledge (UIAppearance and KVO comes to mind) but even with those topics I still picked up a bit of extra knowledge on the topic.
I noticed several people talk about having difficulty reading the code, but I beg to differ. I read the majority of the book on an iPhone 5s while waiting in queues and I never had an issue following the content.
That said, there is good stuff to pick out here. The articles are fairly short so it's a decent bathroom book. I'm glad I bought it, even if just to support a valuable member of the Cocoa community.
HOWEVER, I will advise you to avoid buying the Kindle eBook version because the code and table formatting is aggravating. Spend the extra money and buy the print version. Or, ignore my advice and wind up buying both because you are too frustrated with the Kindle version as I have.
But it may also be a bit short and it did not offer me the depth that I had expected from an "expert" book.
It's a nice read if you're into ObjC and Cocoa development with only one or two years of experience. If you are well versed already, don't waste time and money.