New E-Book: Take Control of Syncing

Michael E. Cohen’s latest book,
Take Control of Syncing in Tiger is out; this time it’s a Take Control ebook, from Tidbits publishers Adam and Tonya Engst.

Take Control of Syncing in Tiger covers:

cover image of Take Control of Syncing in Tigersyncing phone numbers between a Mac and a mobile phone, iPod, or PDA; syncing files between desktop and laptop Macs; and syncing Safari bookmarks, keychains, and other data via Mac. The ebook covers what hardware and software readers need to move data between devices; explains how to connect devices via Bluetooth, USB, FireWire, and Ethernet; and offers the best strategies for successful syncing. Finally, a troubleshooting section offers reassurance and practical advice for anyone who has experienced a syncing feeling upon realizing that the wrong data was overwritten (Take Control press release).

Take Control of Syncing in Tiger is 135 pages of syncing explanations, tips, procedures and
resources, and while it’s a downloadable PDF file, you can print out hard
copy if you want, or even use a print-on-demand service with which Take Control has
collaborated.

What’s interesting about Take Control ebooks
is that they really take advantage of the virtues of PDFs. Take Control of Syncing in Tiger contains numerous embedded
links, some of which go to syncing software and information resources and
others which interconnect specific sections of the book itself. The links make it very very easy to find the information you need, and the procedures that will best serve your particular syncing needs (whether using .Mac, syncing between two Macs, syncing a cell phone, iPod or PDA).

You can read
more about Take
Control of Syncing in Tiger
and order your own copy. That link
lets you see a 24-page PDF sample with Table of Contents, Introduction,
Quick Start, and section starts.

I learned stuff from this book that I didn’t know, and not just the how and why of syncing, but actual practical, useful information about things (like the Keychain) that have already made my life easier.

There’s also a coupon included that’s worth 50% off any syncing utility from PocketMac.

Blessings Upon the Mysterious Ways of Apple: Or,

Maybe Steve Jobs is the boss of me.

As my faithful readers (all six of ’em!) know, I’ve been somewhat distressed over Apple’s decision to remove Wiley books from all Apple stores. Mostly, I’ve been distressed because the book The Spouse, Michael Cohen, wrote with his brother Dennis Cohen, The Mac Xcode 2 Book came out just in time to be banned.

The book has been doing OK, anyway. Since The Mac Xcode 2 Book came out last week, it appeared briefly in the top 1000 rank of Amazon’s books, and showing up in Amazon’s list of best selling computer books at around the low 20-30s (it shifts rapidly) and selling well in local stores.

But then yesterday I received the regular Apple Developer’s Association mailing, issue 443, June 24, 2005,which, you can see, includes a description and link to Wiley’s page on The Mac Xcode 2 Book.

Having the book listed in one of Apple’s newsletters, and on Apple’s site, might be even cooler than seeing it in Apple’s stores. I’m confused as well as smug (as a spouse, I’m entitled to a modicum of smugness), but also grateful; thanks Apple, and thanks to the people who’ve bought copies, and of course, the top notch editing and production folk at Wiley.

Xcode 2 Blog

The Spouse, also known as Michael E. Cohen, has started a new blog IDE of the Tiger. Michael‘s been writing code since the days of punch cards, and using Macs since they were Lisas. I suspect, given his professional interests in multimedia, QuickTime, and instructional software, that there will be some overlap between our blogs. Dennis Cohen, Michael’s co-writer and brother, has been programming even longer. Dennis is new to blogging though, but I’m hoping he’ll participate too. In fact, I may have to post something about Apple’s WebObjects now included in Tiger along with Xcode and all the other Apple development tools, just to get things started.

Shiny

Michael Cohen and Dennis Cohen’s book, The Mac Xcode 2 Book is out. I’ve actually held it in my hands, and now, thanks to the wonders of Amazon, you too can buy a copy. It’s a shame Steve Jobs decided to withdraw all Wiley books from the Apple stores, because this book really really belongs there.

Right now, Dennis and Michael’s The Mac Xcode 2 Book is the only book available about Xcode 2. Xcode 2 is the IDE for Tiger/Mac OS X 10.4, and, while their book assumes you already know something about programming, it’s a good, fun, and exceedingly readable yet thorough introduction to writing code on the Mac, using the free tools that come with Tiger.

I should have a page up soon with more information about the book, and about Xcode 2, and, with any luck at all, some updated information about the new tools in Xcode 2.1 for porting to MacIntel, but in the meantime, here’s a review from Amazon from someone I don’t know—but who’s clearly spent some time with the book.

Reviewer: Curt (Boston, MA)

It’s about time someone wrote a programming book that shows the reader how to get things done with the tool at hand while staying halfway engaging. This book goes far beyond that, believe me. It’s loaded with useful info and is a good read as well. The authors show how all of Apple’s tools work, both by themselves and with each other, to meet the needs of the broad range of developers. Beginning coders will learn the important development basics they’ll need to know, while the advanced folks get a rundown and real-world examples for Xcode features and techniques that will help them to streamline their development processes and refine their products. All the while, the pages are full of entertaining explanations and examples. The book presents useful tips to those engaging in small, medium, and large development projects without favoring any particular approach, avoiding the “methodology wars” that often color works on software development. Great resource.