After being extremely disappointed by the iPhone Games Projects book from the same publisher, I was a little hesitant to check out their latest book, iPhone Cool Projects. I thought that it might be another "cash in on the iPhone craze" book. Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised.
iPhone Cool Projects is my new favorite for iPhone books. As many of you who read this site know, I’ve been a fan of Beginning iPhone 3 Development, but I felt that I got much more out of iPhone Cool Projects than I did from my first of read Beginning iPhone Development, and that’s saying alot since I’ve advanced so much further in iPhone programming.
What I really like about this book is that they give you actual projects not just the usual junk based on source code available from Apple for free. These are some of the projects within the book:
Formic – A Frenzic Style Puzzle Game
SphereNet – A collaborative networked game where you move around spheres
Minigolf – A simple mini golf/air hockey type game built with Cocos 2d (excellent Cocos 2D intro here)
These are just a few of the projects, click here to read the full details on the book. I don’t want to spoil everything here, but you will be pleasantly surprised as the authors manage to make some very boring and more advanced concepts like threading and streaming audio interesting.
I have to say that I’m very pleasantly surprised, and although I’ve been working on iPhone development every day for the last 6 months or so I did learn quite a bit going over this book, and I’m going to go through it again this week.