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Old Apr 13, 2009, 05:57 AM   #1
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Recommended learning material for developing iPhone software

So I just got my MacBook, and finally have the tools I need to start developing iPhone apps. I've got the SDK, but the thing is, I have very little programming knowledge. Where would be a good place to start learning the programming language? I assume its C++? I know there's loads of C++ books and sites out there for learning the language, but I'd like one that teaches you it within the iPhone environment, if you get what I mean, as in, teaching it with iPhone development in mind.

Just want a few ideas for books or sites I can check out. This is something I really want to start doing.

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Luke
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Old Apr 13, 2009, 06:17 AM   #2
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it's cocoa touch which is based on objective-c 2.0

best thing to do: grab a objective-c tutorial and start with that.

best place to start is of course http://developer.apple.com/iphone/ Apple provides really really good documentation for their stuff, but you need a little experience to undestand those. but there are lots of example codes and tutorials their and every API function is documented, it's really great.

also, just open up a template app in xcode (for example a view-based application) and look at how it is build up
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Old Apr 13, 2009, 07:36 AM   #3
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So I just got my MacBook, and finally have the tools I need to start developing iPhone apps. I've got the SDK, but the thing is, I have very little programming knowledge. Where would be a good place to start learning the programming language? I assume its C++? I know there's loads of C++ books and sites out there for learning the language, but I'd like one that teaches you it within the iPhone environment, if you get what I mean, as in, teaching it with iPhone development in mind.

Just want a few ideas for books or sites I can check out. This is something I really want to start doing.

Thanks,
Luke
Luke,

If you want something to read in print, I'd suggest starting with "Programming in Objective-C 2.0" by Stephen Kochan first, then pick up the book by Jeff LaMarche - "Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK"

The first book is great for those who haven't done a lot of programming, and the second book assumes that you know a little bit about Objective C.

Both books are a very easy read with lots of code examples, so by the time you're done with both you should be well on your way to making apps.
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Old Apr 13, 2009, 07:40 AM   #4
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Luke,

If you want something to read in print, I'd suggest starting with "Programming in Objective-C 2.0" by Stephen Kochan first, then pick up the book by Jeff LaMarche - "Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK"

The first book is great for those who haven't done a lot of programming, and the second book assumes that you know a little bit about Objective C.

Both books are a very easy read with lots of code examples, so by the time you're done with both you should be well on your way to making apps.
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Excellent suggestion and both are awesome books.
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Luke,

If you want something to read in print, I'd suggest starting with "Programming in Objective-C 2.0" by Stephen Kochan first, then pick up the book by Jeff LaMarche - "Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK"

The first book is great for those who haven't done a lot of programming, and the second book assumes that you know a little bit about Objective C.

Both books are a very easy read with lots of code examples, so by the time you're done with both you should be well on your way to making apps.
Excellent, thank you very much for the suggestions. I'll be ordering both these books off Amazon today. I can't wait to get started!
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