Best Books on Cocoa?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by gamestriker, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. gamestriker macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2004
    Now that I'm a serious mac person, as a developer, I think I should familiarize myself with OS X native technologies. So I have decided to learn Cocoa. I already know basic C and Objective-C is pretty much the same thing minus a few things. Right now, I'm looking for a book that can teach me Cocoa as far as how to make an application, how Cocoa is structured, how to extend upon it to make your app better, etc. I'm also looking for it to serve as a reference to keep in my library of dev books. What are some of the best books that teach Cocoa and how to makes apps with Cocoa?

    I appreciate the help :)
  2. nichos macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2004
    Jacksonville, Fl
    I don't own this book, but it will definitly be the first book I get on cocoa (just haven't had the time). It's called cocoa programming. The author worked at NeXTstep, and apple.
    Anyway, here is the amazon link and the slashdot review
    good luck!
  3. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    This has been answered several times before in other threads but I'm feeling helpful so here's my choices.

    1) 'Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X' by Aaron Hillegass Amazon link
    2) 'Cocoa Programming' by Anguish, Buck and Yacktman Amazon Link
    3) 'Core Mac Osx And Unix Programming' by Dalrymple and Hillegass Amazon Link

    Having personally used the above three books I can say that they're all very good. 1) is pretty basic 2) more in depth but slightly out of date as it doesn't cover newer technologies like bindings and 3) is very detailed and in depth. Covers a lot of the more esoteric Cocoa topics but a lot of it is about the Carbon/POSIX API stuff you need to know that Cocoa doesn't hide from you.

    Another book that seems to get good reviews is 'Programming in Objective-C' by Stephen Kochan link.
    I've never used this book personally but is apparently an excellent intro into Objective-C and OOP.
  4. aspro macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hobart, Australia
    Well, I was just about to ask the same question, now I dont have to :).

    Thanks for the suggestions many of those look exactly what I was looking for.
  5. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC

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