Learning To Code By Reading: The Right Tools Make All The Difference

I have to admit, I’m not really big on reading programming books. I much prefer to watch lecture or conference videos. However, as I’ve been preparing for Mobile Makers, I’ve been going through the Big Nerd Ranch Objective-C Guide, and I’m really surprised at how much I’m enjoying it!

The book is structured in a way that you need to follow it by coding what they’re explaining and doing challenges at the end of each chapter. The Kindle Cloud Reader has really helped me optimize this process:

As you can see, I have my book open in the Kindle Cloud reader on one screen, and my XCode, where I follow all the exercises on the other screen. It’s been incredible! There is non of that awkward looking down at the book, trying to keep it open while typing annoyance.

For the second Mobile Makers challenge, we can choose to either watch lectures on Lynda.com or continue on through the Objective-C book. I’m choosing to keep reading! Got to say, I really LOVE technology 🙂

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  • You’re inspiring me to re-visit iOS.

  • Natasha, I have been following you as a lurker for a while, figured it was time I said hello and thanks. Came across your blog and went back to the start to get a feel for what it is like for a newby programmer.

    To say the least you have provided me an abundance of guidance, so thank you. Anyway, one big take away has been to write my own blog as I try to become a programmer.

    Not sure if links are allowed (I will delete it if its not cool), but this blog was partly inspired by you: http://www.briandavishall.com/