This brings us quite nicely to the goals of this book.
Well, in a general sense, its goal is to help you reach yours, of course. But how exactly are we going to do that?
The focus of this book is very much on real-world programming skills and best practices, with a clear preference for techniques that provide solid, maintainable code over a long app lifetime, as opposed to the latest Thing from the developer conferences. Similarly, we will concentrate more on the functional interior of the code rather than short-lived user-interface design trends that will be of little interest a year from now.
There is also a strong emphasis on developing the skills that a developer will need when working in the industry, within ...