All Ray’s books I own are written in the style whereby a project/product/example app is developed and aspects of what is being taught are shown along the way. Many online tutorials are doing the same so this is not uncommon and generally an acceptable form of teaching.
However, I have never been much of a fan of this and the older I get the less patience I have with this style. Digging through the SwiftUI book at the moment, I have come to the realization I just do not wish to be educated this way any longer.
Perhaps unlike everyone (most?) others out there, I start reading these books already with a problem in mind. I do not wish to solve somebody else’s fictitious problem (the educational app). I also do not wish to be taught bits and pieces without seeing the horizon, where it all is going towards to. I really am hungry for a style whereby the abstract points are shown first illustrated with small examples (if necessary). I am really tired of this demo app that is dragged along the chapters becoming bigger and bigger through its code which I have to hunt to find that small part I was missing/not understanding.
This style of writing seems to assume I am only learning this one thing in the next few weeks and I have no other applications to create or problems to solve. As if I in the class room and the only thing in front of me is my professor (book). No I am not looking for a cookbook style either, I am looking for a style that teaches the big picture in an abstract way. I can handle filling it in with reality. I am trying my best to lift of as much abstract-ness from the pages I am reading and hunting through the chapters of the bits I need. I have quite a few of your books Ray and have no complaints about the general quality and workmanship but the style is just too difficult/annoying to handle - don’t think I will buy more.
Age related problem? I am doing an awful lot of other tech and must conclude senility has not set in yet.