Programming and iPhone development

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by gangst, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. gangst macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I have had a search through the forums and wanted some advice to some specific questions.

    I have no programming knowledge whatsoever, the closest I have ever got to programming is HTML!

    Recently, with the launch of iPhone apps, I have been inspired to try to learn how to develop applications, both for iPhone and Mac. I have some ideas of apps I could make but don't know how to do so.
    However, I do not know where to start. Is it best to start with programming on the Mac, learning the basics then moving to the iPhone, or can I start on the iPhone. I would really like some good reference material so if anyone has links to some stuff that would be great.

    I have signed up to the Apple ADC online, but when I go to watch the iPhone videos it comes up with an error, which is annoying.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    No you didn't. These questions are asked in a new thread every 2 or 3 days and they always get the same response.

    Learn Objective-C and then read about the Cocoa set of APIs.

    Read these documents in this order:

    Object-Orientated Programming with Objective-C
    The Objective-C 2.0 Programming Language.

    You will most likely need to learn some C at least in order to understand some parts of Objective-C, particularly when it comes to pointers. Any beginners book on C should be enough to get you going. Once you have read that buy "The C Programming Language" Second Edition.

    Stay away from Cocoa for a little bit until you understand the language otherwise you will end up not understanding what you are doing further down the line and having to hack solutions together.

    Edit : The iPhone uses very similar techniques to Mac OS X development, but there are some important differences. The most obvious one is that there is no garbage collection on the iPhone. You need to do all memory management manually.
     

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