Two Setbacks

September 23rd, 2008

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People have been emailing me about how things are going on the new edition of Xcode Tools Sensei for Xcode 3. I’m still working on the book, but there have been two setbacks that have slowed me down.

The first setback is health-related. For the past six weeks I’ve been battling an injury to my lower back. Because of the injury, my back stiffens up and causes a lot of pain when I sit for more than 10-15 minutes. This makes writing difficult because writing, like programming, requires blocks of uninterrupted time to be done at its best. I’m not able to finish as much as I could if I were able to sit down for 3-4 hours and crank out some material.

The second setback is Apple’s continuation of the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) on the iPhone SDK. I’m surprised the SDK is still under NDA after the opening of the iPhone App Store, but the NDA still stands, and it’s causing me two problems. First, I can’t ask any questions about the SDK, which makes writing the iPhone material take longer than it normally would. I can live with that, but I can’t live with the second problem. I can’t release the book until the NDA is lifted. Even if I had the book finished today, you couldn’t read it. I have no idea when Apple will lift the NDA.

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