Are there any new dev books on the horizon?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by jaypee68, May 26, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    So Mountain Lion has been out for what a year almost? I have yet to see any updated books in either paperback or eBook form for Applescript, Automator, Xcode, or Objective C. I would think that someone would have authored some new books for this release of OS X.

    The only books I can find are years old and very behind.

    http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Automator-AppleScript-Bible-Thomas/dp/047052586X/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369609283&sr=1-8&keywords=applescript+studio

    http://www.amazon.com/AppleScript-T...words=applescript+studio&tag=68656c7064757-20

    http://www.amazon.com/Apple-Trainin...369609395&sr=1-15&keywords=applescript+studio

    http://www.amazon.com/Automator-Mac...words=applescript+studio&tag=68656c7064757-20

    http://www.amazon.com/AppleScript-P...369609450&sr=1-26&keywords=applescript+studio

    http://www.amazon.com/AppleScript-S...1369609487&sr=8-1&keywords=applescript+studio

    All of these books are old enough that some of the things they mention, or some apps or UI elements from said apps work differently now.

    Doesn't anyone write books about Apple development anymore?
     
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    ArtOfWarfare

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    You can't find comprehensive materials on the cutting edge of technology ever - it's an ever moving target.
     
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    It all has to do with demand. Most of the demand is for iOS books, and there are a ton of them out there. OS X development is a bit of a different story. Apple's whole sandboxing unfortunately has really meant that the bonanza everyone was expecting for os x apps never really materialized. Hopefully they can find a better way of realizing security while not seriously pissing off developers. Anyhow, the reality is that you really only need one good book and then you're going to learn by building stuff and working with the docs, as well as using forums. Most books really don't take you beyond the basics in my experience. Best of luck.

     
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    Thank you sir or madam. :)
     
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    To somewhat hi-jack the thread. I'm looking for something a bit half advanced as well to do with os x development. I have been programming iOS for a good while now and I know iOS very well. I want to get up to speed with OS X as well.

    Of the books I've been able to find most are a bit too basic, they expect the reader to be very new to objective c. Or they are well outdated.
    The closest think would probably be http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Mac-OS-Programming-Guides/dp/0321706250 but that seems well outdated targeting 10.5 & 10.6
     
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    ArtOfWarfare

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    Unbelieavable. No books on the iOS 7 / OS X 10.9 SDKs yet, or Xcode 5. These authors are a bunch of slackers.

    In all seriousness, I can't wait for the downloads to finish and to rip into these and see what all is new. Also can't wait for someone from Apple to get back to me and let me know why I can't log into the ADC forums so I can start talking about the stuff covered by NDAs...
     

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