Best way to get started with Xcode & Cocoa programming?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by starcrossed, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. starcrossed macrumors regular

    May 3, 2003
    San Antonio,TX
    Hi, I have been interested in learning about programming and such since Apple has provided their Xcode tools for free with the MacOS CDs, but I currently know very very little about programming and such. I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good books or materials that could serve as tutorials for a begginer. I know that the Big Nerd Ranch and O'Reily have some good books out, but reviewers have commented on how they aren't meant for amateurs, so I don't want to waste my money on that, if it is the case. I also had thought about taking up a computer course in college to help me learn, but I have no idea which to take and if they are designed for someone who is new to the field. Overall, I don't want to be a programmer as a career, but I would like to learn to skills as a hobby and build my own little programs and so, so any advice would be greatly appreciated on which direction I should take.
  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Dummy books

    I got that one when I wanted to start learning Cocoa Programming. For a language like Java the environment is not that hard to learn, you only really need to get a book for a new language. Go to the local Barns and Noble and just go though the computer section, read a little bit, see if they show you anything new, and just pick one.
  3. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    it all depends on what language you want to learn. If you're gonna do primarily Mac OS X development, then learning Objective-C is the best idea, but the problem with learning that language is that its difficult to learn with no experience, especially with the books out there.

    So you should go learn Java or C/C++/C# instead. Or you can do some HTML or Javascript or PHP or Ruby or Perl...blah blah...

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