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If you want to learn iOS 6 development, this is a great place to start. The book spends the first several chapters covering the basics. The author first shows you how to get your system setup and how to install Xcode. He then covers the Xcode interface and the iOS simulator. After that he provides a short primer on Objective-C and then covers the Cocoa touch layers and the frameworks they contain. There are a ton of them but the author does a nice job of introducing them. You leave Hour 4 with a great understanding of the tools you have access to. The author continues with twenty more chapters broken down into hour long reads. Most chapters took me longer because I got sidetracked playing with the code samples. I have listed the chapters below. Their titles are descriptive enough to give you a good idea of what is covered. Hour 1. Preparing Your System and iDevice for D... (more)

Book Review: Executable Specifications with Scrum

This book is exactly what the sub-title "A Practical Guide to Agile Requirements Discovery" says it is. The book is a very detailed breakdown of the steps that should be taken by Scrum teams that want to succeed. I have listed the chapters below to give you an overview of the topics the author covers in this book. Chapter 1. Solving the Right Problem Chapter 2. Relying on a Stable Foundation Chapter 3. Discovering Through Short Feedback Loops and Stakeholders’ Decrements Chapter 4. Expressing Desirements with User Stories Chapter 5. Refining User Stories by Grooming the Product Backlog... (more)

Book Review: iOS 7 Programming Cookbook

This is a massive cookbook with tons of recipes. It covers a ton of material and it covers it in depth. Although this book is more of a reference than a cover to cover read, every time I use it to look something up I find myself getting sucked in and reading several topics, and sometimes several chapters. In the preface the author says this version of the book is a complete remake, not an update, and I have to agree with him. The first chapter used to be The Basics and it is gone. This edition of the book is not for novice programmers to get started with Objective-C and iOS progra... (more)

Book Review: Being Agile

There are teams out there attempting to introduce agile practices into their environments that do not go all in. No matter how hard they try, they just never get there. This book breaks down 11 of the biggest issues teams like that have. After an introduction to the book and the perspective the authors have of agile practices, the book has a full chapter for each of the issues the authors have identified. Introduction Chapter 1. Whole Teams Chapter 2. Active Stakeholder Interaction Chapter 3. Queuing Theory Chapter 4. No Multitasking Chapter 5. Eliminate Waste Chapter 6. Working Sof... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft Expression Blend Unleashed

I have not taken the time I should have to get to know Microsoft Expression Blend like I should know it. I use it a lot to build user interfaces and to create SketchFlow prototypes, but I knew I was not fully aware of its capabilities. My hopes for this book where that it would get me up to speed. I am happy to report that Microsoft Expression Blend Unleashed has provided me with the insight into the Blend tools I was looking for. The book is in full color so it is a pleasure to read and the author has a great writing style. The book starts off with a history of Expression Blend, t... (more)