July 2014

In this brand new blog, I would like to start with a new series of books review. If you are looking for a fast and easy way to learn and apply immediately what you are learning, then iOS Development with Xamarin Cookbook  is the perfect book for you.

This book is a cookbook, it follows the simple pattern Problem-Solution with the addition of a deep explaination about the implementation and why it works in that way. As any other Packt publication, the style is clean and fluid. I’ve read the e-book version, then I can’t say a lot about the printed version.

Topics in the book are well organized. The first few chapters explain in an easily way the basics of iOS development, usage of development tools and the different concepts of iOS, and this makes the book suitable for beginners. More detailed topics are covered in the second part of the book. Personally, I would have liked to read a more extensive discussion of multitasking and others recipes in the Graphics and Animations chapter.

Finally, the book covers all the topics in a perfect way so it could be useful for both beginners and intermediates who look for fast solutions and expand on some themes.

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“We’ve used monkey themes for many years, Ximian was a play on simianMono is Spanish for monkeyXamarin comes from the tamarin monkey. And we kept the X, though to tell you the truth, I can’t remember why we used it in the first place.”

In one of the first interview as Xamarin CEO, Miguel de Icaza also talks about the history of Mono, Ximian and Novell.

After three years we can say: well done, Miguel.


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