iPhone development isn’t really all that much fun, but the end results can be very cool. Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche have written a really nice introduction which makes the whole process seem just about manageable. Almost cool and quirky even.
Importantly, it successfully captures the key to the iPhone’s success as a development platform: anyone with sufficient determination (yes, you!) can get through the unnecessary and bizarre horrors of Objective-C and the iPhone SDK, and can produce something that people might pay some money for. It’s something you can almost impress people with at parties. Almost.
Of course the book has an online forum and downloadable source code – de rigeur for coding books these days, but good to see nonetheless. In summary, if you want to try your hand at some simple iPhone apps, you really will need this book.