iPhone to desktop Mac programming transition?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by firewood, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Ok, I written about a dozen iPhone apps, several are already in the App store. But I haven't developed any new Mac apps from scratch since the days of System 7 and 68k CPUs.

    What do I need to learn to transition from developing OS X apps for the iPhone to writing contemporary apps for desktop Macs and MacBooks?

    I suppose I need to learn how to handle the menu bar and more than one window in Cocoa. Anything else necessary or critical?

    Are there any tutorials targeted for programmers who already know basic Objective C for UIKit, rather than the other way?

  2. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    You might want to read through Aaron Hillegass' book Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X. The big thing you need to learn is AppKit, which you'll be able to pick up fairly quickly since you know UIKit.

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