Saturday, April 26, 2008

Xcode 3 Book in the Works

You may have noticed I have not updated my site or this blog much recently. I've hinted at the reason in the past, but a bunch of people emailed me with questions about it so I figured I should write about it here. I am working on a new edition of Xcode Tools Sensei, specifically written for Xcode 3. Two questions come to mind.

What's Going to be in the New Edition?

There will be a lot of new material in the new edition, and I don't want to drone on and on about the new material. Some of the highlights include the following:

  • Xcode 3's new features, including refactoring tools, code folding, and the Research Assistant.
  • Interface Builder 3.
  • A new chapter on Instruments.
  • The version control chapter will use Subversion instead of CVS.

When Will the New Edition be Released?

I don't know the exact date, but I hope to have it finished this summer (winter for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere). I do know it will not be released before Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which runs from June 9 to June 13. Apple is expected to release Xcode 3.1 and the iPhone SDK at WWDC. Because WWDC is less than two months away, it would be a waste of time to rush to release an Xcode 3 book, then put out a big update covering Xcode 3.1 and iPhone development. Doing so would also be a disservice to people buying the print version of the book.