Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by Simmons, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Simmons macrumors newbie

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    Ok, I am going to list what I have read to start off.
    Learn Objective-C on the Mac
    Beginning iPhone 3 Development: Exploring the iPhone sdk
    and I am half way through More iPhone 3 Development: Tackling the iPhone SDK

    As you can see I jumped straight from objective-c to iPhone programming, with no Cocoa knowledge. I think this might be part of the reason I can understand what I am reading, but if you sat me down and told me to program something I wouldn't be able to. My question is, is it worth it to spend the $30 for this book? Tell me what you thought of it if you have read it or something of the sort.

    Thanks,
    Simmons
     
  2. bredell macrumors regular

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    I would recommend that you take a look at the Apple documentation. I don't understand why people spend money on books when you can download (in my opinion) excellent books from Apple. I would recommend these books to start with:

    Object-Oriented Programming with Objective-C
    The Objective-C 2.0 Programming Language
    Cocoa Fundamentals Guide
    Memory Management Programming Guide for Cocoa

    They can all be downloaded from Apple.
     
  3. Darkroom Guest

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    it's one of the best development books i've read. anxiously awaiting the sequel to be delivered from amazon any day now.

    your own physical developer library can be a valuable resource and allow you to get away from the computer screen. in my opinion, physical books are far better learning tools than .PDFs.

    here's some of my "light summer reading" from the past couple of years.
     

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  4. Simmons thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So should I buy the book or just read the Apple .pdfs
     
  5. 00Penguin macrumors member

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    Where do you find those pdf's on Apple's website?
     
  6. chris7777 macrumors 6502

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    I googled them and it linked me to this

    http://developer.apple.com/mac/library/navigation/index.html

    and individually
    http://developer.apple.com/mac/libr...ptual/OOP_ObjC/Introduction/Introduction.html

    http://developer.apple.com/Mac/libr.../ObjectiveC/Introduction/introObjectiveC.html

    http://developer.apple.com/mac/libr...oaFundamentals/Introduction/Introduction.html

    http://developer.apple.com/mac/library/documentation/cocoa/Conceptual/MemoryMgmt/MemoryMgmt.html

    Thanks to everyone in the thread I have been wondering where to start on programming its been 25years at least since I have done it, On the old school(quite literally )macs the keyboard computers hooked up to the dial tvs lol.

    I am working on a relatively simple app, but Just didn't know where to begin on catching up with the times.
     

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