How to get started programming on Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Alanclark, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Alanclark macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2009

    I've been trying to get started with programming for Mac. I know the basic concepts of programming, but not languages or anything else. I do know html, and a little javascript. I've read stuff on Python and Objective-C, but most of it is just way over my head.

    Any recommendations on a good programming language to get started with and maybe an online guide?

    Thanks. ;)
  2. MorphingDragon macrumors 603


    Mar 27, 2009
    The World Inbetween
    Online guides aren't that good for learning programming IMO. If they go over your head its because you aren't having it explained to you in language you can understand or in enough detail. I'd get a book IMO, the Author usually explains it better because there's more of a medium.

    I wouldn't bother learning a Basic Language or Python if you know Javascript as they are both scripting languages.

    Here is a good Obj-C book, he assumes you have no previous experience at programming and he presents Obj-C as a single integrated solution.

    And if you finish that book and are hungry for more, get this Cocoa book. Its written for a guy who worked at NeXT and taught Apple engineers.

    I'm still going through the first book and I would still recommend both of them even if they slapped me in the face and made me their... sorry I lost my thought. My last language as VisualBasic so I started in a similar position.

    Another language you could start off with is C++ and the QT libraries. But I don't know any good books for those.

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