Is Kochan's Obj-C Book Still Relevant?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by kalimba, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. kalimba macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2008
    Since it appears that the published date on Kochan's Objective-C book is December, 2003, I'm wondering how relevant the information would be for someone wanting to learn Objective-C 2.0. Would it be more useful just to use Apple's online documentation that actually covers the 2.0 aspects, or is Kochan's book still a good investment?

    BTW, I know that the book is only $27 at Amazon, but the last thing I need is another programming language manual collecting dust on my bookshelf.
  2. fenrus110 macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2008
    I've been learning XCode and Objective C since the first SDK release. I have mostly a Java background, and basic C/C++ skills. Objective-C looks nothing like C/C++. I would highly recommend getting the book just to read through Chapter 3 of the Kochan book to give you strong feel for the language.
  3. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    It's the best book I've seen on the Objective-C language.
    It is still relevant. But after you work through the first part of the book (chapters 1 through around 13 or whatever), go through Apple's docs on the new Objective-C 2.0 features.

    Also, it's still useful to understand Objective-C memory management without garbage collection, even if you want to stick to Objective-C 2.0. You'll end of dealing with it one way or another before you get too far (iPhone development, most sample code, most turtotials, writing code for 10.4, etc.)

    Edit: looks like the Obj-C 2.0 version of the book is due out in November:
    If you aren't in a hurry.
  4. kalimba thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2008
    Thanks for the advice, people. :) I just placed an Amazon order for the manual and should have it next Tuesday.

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