Cocoa Book Suggestions

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by litesgod, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2008
    I'm new to Cocoa/Objective-C programming, but have 6+ years experience in C/C++ programming, mostly in the embedded systems world. I'm looking for a good book to read about Cocoa to help me pick up the API quickly. I've read Aaron Hillgass' Cocoa Programming book, and did not find it as useful as I was hoping. He just doesn't go in depth enough for me. The book reminded me a lot of many OpenGL books I've read; lots of examples, just not enough depth to convince me I could code a useful application on my own.

    Anyone have any suggestions for a book that targets the experienced programmer who needs to know details before he is comfortable with an API?
  2. macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    To be honest, I felt somewhat the same way after reading Hillegass's book. The way I fixed it is I picked an app I wanted to develop, and started developing it. I feel perfectly comfortable with Cocoa now. Admittedly there were things I missed and wheels I reinvented along the way, but that's all part of the learning process I think.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2007
    Heh, make that three. I thought it was a good introduction and still taught you a lot but it didn't explain things in depth. But I'd still recommend it for anyone that wants to learn Cocoa.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Sep 13, 2001
    Portland, OR
    There really aren't any terribly in-depth Cocoa books that I'm aware of. It's best to learn by doing, in my opinion. Hillegass gives you enough to build a simple app, and you can learn from there.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2006
    Richmond, VA
    I tend to agree with you all. I'm hoping a nice in-depth book comes out soon with updated information for Objective-C 2.0 and Xcode/Interface Builder 3.0.
  6. macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005

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