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22 January, 2009

it took half a year to arrive

from Amazon

This (pictured above), took six months to arrive. I finally got this long-waited delivery from Amazon yesterday.

I order the book on 6th June 2008. At time of ordering, I knew the book was not published yet, and was scheduled to be published in late October (last year). On 19th November 2008, I received an email from Amazon that requested my approval for the delay. The new estimated arrival date is late January 2009.

So I did, and agreed to wait further.

The book is Programming in Objective-C 2.0 (2nd Edition) by Stephen G. Kochan. I have his Programming in Objective C (the first version) and Programming in C, Third Edition, which were both excellent books for programming.

Programming in Objective C 2.0

The weather is a bit too hot recently. Making me not feeling like to read anything (or do anything to be honest.)
(to Don: Antony does not speak English, this book would take him a while to read.)

Sorry for slightly blurry on the first photo. I was too lazy to use tripod and also too cheap to use flash. The second photo should be better focused (the area I want it focused), no tripod and no flash either. (to Don: Antony is poor, he can't afford using flash.)

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Dude you code in C? To be positive, I hear XCode is actually a fairly decent IDE. It isn't Visual Studio or anything, but it gets the job done. Plus, when I learned C, it was through plugging in commands and praying it'd work.
Posted by Dave on 22 January 2009 11:33 AM.
Dave, I actually learned VB.NET and C# by that same method, mostly by reading the documentation available on MSDN and then "plugging in" to the then-recently-released free Visual Studio Express Editions. HTML and CSS, on the other hand, came mostly by studying the output of Netscape Composer.
It wasn't until this year that I started learning a programming / markup language (Java in this case) the proper way, in a classroom environment with a book.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 22 January 2009 1:31 PM.
I learn best by plugging random things in. I also dislike Java and the .NOT framework. Bloat is bad. Then again I like VS6 (VB6 and VC6). Nothing quite like Pelles C or MinGW.
Posted by Dave on 22 January 2009 1:51 PM.
Well, I did take a course on Virtual Basic last year. Although it won't be my choice of programming language, it is not that bad.
Posted by Antony Shen on 22 January 2009 8:37 PM.
Rev. Dr Wu Yi does NOT speak GEEK!!....LOL!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 22 January 2009 10:04 PM.
Of all the languages I've learned/taken so far, I like C# the most, though in a way it's because of its bloat... It makes it easy to get things done like, say, extracting a ZIP file or computing a hash value for a big file. Then again, the consumer ends up footing the 23mb runtime download, but with the rate of adoption of the .NET languages (and to a lesser extent, Vista, which has the runtime built in), the user will probably end up installing it at one point or another.
Java comes in as a close second. I actually like the language itself more than C#, as it seems more intuitive and easier to understand, but the Java environment itself seems kindof lacking compared to the .NET Framework. Then again I've only programmed for Java SE and not Java EE, so maybe I shouldn't complain just yet.
I used to like programming in Visual Basic .NET, but that was before I got interested in C# and took Java. Nowadays I sometimes look back at some of my VB.NET code and have a hard time understanding what I was trying to do -- and mind you, this was maybe two years ago that I programmed it all.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 22 January 2009 11:30 PM.
Don,
I remember clearly that you loathed Java Runtime Environment or Java Virtual Machine but embraced Microsoft's .NET Framework.
Posted by Antony Shen on 22 January 2009 11:38 PM.
Again, you were the one that claimed that. I have nothing against Java - the words "prefer" and "loathe"/"embrace" have very different meanings, yet somehow you have concluded that by preferring .NET and having no particular brand loyalties, I embrace Microsoft and hate Sony and Apple (and Sun in this case).
Posted by Don_HH2K on 22 January 2009 11:46 PM.
It is not hard to conclude that anything associated with Microsoft gets your approval and endorsement. And anything associated with or related to Apple gets to the list of hatred.
Posted by Antony Shen on 22 January 2009 11:59 PM.
I despise .NYET and Java for that reason. I'd rather do things the Big D way, not the Microsoft or Sun way. And we've got .NOT sliding its way into Linux via Mono via GNOME via FSF. For an organization that hates "proprietary" they sure love Microsoft tech.
Posted by Dave on 23 January 2009 6:00 AM.
On the Microsoft side, I hate the Zune, I hate Windows Mobile, and I hate Internet Explorer.
On the Apple side, I like Firewire, I liked the Apple II, and I like using GarageBand.
Your conclusion, hence, doesn't really make sense.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 23 January 2009 8:54 AM.
I can understand the need for Java Runtime Environment (to allow one code to run on different platforms). Somehow, I fail to understand the need of .NET Framework. Microsoft .NET Framework was designed for Microsoft Windows only, not multiple platforms. I am sure Don can tell us how good .NET Framework is.
Posted by Antony Shen on 23 January 2009 1:26 PM.
Yeah, but they have Mono (which runs on *NIX and OS X). It's a way for Microsoft to make developers not support "obsolete" platforms anymore. When did .NET make its first appearance? 2001. The year support for 95 died. Want to run .NET 3.x apps on 2000? Sorry, guys can't do that.
Posted by Dave on 23 January 2009 4:40 PM.
Dave,
Mono is not by Microsoft. It's created by some third party individuals.
Posted by Antony Shen on 25 January 2009 7:44 PM.
Argh. I hate .NET. That's all I'll say.
Posted by Dave on 27 January 2009 9:09 AM.
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