Series: Developer's Library
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (December 19, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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tl;drIn sum, if you are a moderately experienced in Objective-C, this petite volume covers basically the same ground as Apple’s Swift Programming Language, but written in a problem-solution style, with the added value of her non-Apple perspective — oh, and did I mention that she does this all in 1/3 of the space (~200 pages to SPL’s 600+). The title “Swift for the Really Impatient” is apparently already taken, but would fit this book quite well. Highly recommended, if you’re her target audience.----Are you an Objective-C developer looking for an advanced primer to dive into Swift? Then look no further. Erica Saudi’s slim volume is densely packed with well-written code that tersely explains (a) how to do Objective-C tasks in Swift syntax, and (b) how to avoid that road, and take advantage of Swift to accomplish those tasks Swift-ly.Those who have read her other books, such as iOS Autolayout Demystified, or follow her blog, know you are in good hands with a professional who has a deep and intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Cocoa APIs, and like a good tour guide, can point out common hazards to avoid as she takes you on the safe path. Moreover, she provides ‘historical’ context about what came before. And throughout are little gems of humor.*This book is not for everyone, but it may very well be for you. It is certainly not for fresh beginners, and it is not for someone looking to learn iOS programming or APIs. Myself, I have been programming in Objective-C for about a year now, and just completed my first Swift project when I got my hands on the book, which I saw as a time-saving alternative to scouring the tech-blogosphere and weeding out the Swift 1.x stuff from the Swift 2.x.
Full disclosure. I was given a copy of this book to review.Overall, it is a decent book introducing most of the core concepts of Swift, but I struggle to find who should buy this book. The preface says it is written for "programmers both experienced and new" and I think this lack of focus hurts the reading experience.The second chapter, "Printing and Mirroring", is by far the most interesting part. It presents new information that I haven't seen discussed anywhere else, and gives some great ideas about how to debug in Swift. In my opinion, it is exactly what this book should be about: semi-advanced, practical tips for programmers of all levels.But then it quickly devolves into a standard explanation of the Swift programming language. The following chapters each explain a particular concept in a way that is both too verbose and too shallow. Beginners will find themselves reading about overly specific situations, and experienced programmers will maybe find one genuinely interesting tidbit every 10 pages.Reading this book, I found myself wondering how many pages I could skip before getting to a part that would actually be interesting to me. But it is not structured in a way that allowed me to do this: original content is interspersed between basic explanations.Laying out the meaning of every technical term before it is used would have made the writing a lot clearer and more rigorous. Instead, the difference between value types and reference types is only discussed in the penultimate chapter.Even simple things like "variable", "value", "literal", "constant" should have been clearly defined at the beginning. Without this, the explanation of the semantics of a new feature is muddier and harder to understand.
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