Book recommendations- Beginners books.

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by elephantinc, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. elephantinc macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    I know Python and C++ but I don't know Objective-C and have never done any mac specific programming. Does anyone have any good book recommendations to get started with iphone development, that will teach (or I will at least be able to follow without knowledge of) Objective-C?
    This seems like good value but I've never thought much of the for dummies books, anyone heard anything about this particularly books?
    This one's not out yet but I think it's due for release some time in August.
  2. flyingturtle macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    I learned Objective-C via this book, which is often recommended here.

    Programming in Objective-C 2.0
    by Stephen G. Kochan (Author)

    For iPhone development, I've used many books, but I highly recommend this one. Aaron Hillegass wrote the definitive book on Cocoa Mac programming, and he recently put out this iPhone book.

    IPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
    by Aaron Hillegass (Author), Joe Conway (Author)

    I'm already a programmer, like you, and these books got me up to speed. I live in the USA, but I just checked and both books are available in the Amazon UK store as well.
  3. elephantinc thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Ok, thanks. I've heard a lot of good things about that Objective-C book.
    I'll definitely take a look at the iphone book too.
    Thanks for the help :)
  4. donaghy macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2009
    I walked into iPhone Development with no knowledge of objective-c also but i found this book excellent 'Apress - Beginning iPhone Development'. It's a very good start to getting you familar with ViewControlers, navigation and some of the controls. The code walk throughs are very good, i always refer back to this book when the simple things slip my mind.
  5. rjenovai macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2006
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    You might want to also check out some of the Objective-C and iPhone books from the Pragmatic Bookshelf:
    They have good books in quite a few different areas. First heard about them at a No Fluff Just Stuff conference a couple of years ago.
  6. PatrickCocoa macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2008
    The Stanford CS193p lectures are another place to start (see iTunes U). It's a different learning method than a book (video lectures combined with assignments). Having information presented in two different ways can be helpful for some.

    Also, I found that doing the Stanford assignments were valuable - they were more rigorous and deeper than the assignments/projects in the various Cocoa / iPhone books I've worked through.
  7. elephantinc thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Oo-er, now I've got a decision to make!

    I'm downloading them now, may as well since there free! Thanks for the tip ;)

    Thanks for the recommendations everyone.

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