Whats the best way to learn objective c?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by gusping, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. gusping macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2012
    London, UK

    i've been told Objective C is the main coding language used for iOS apps and OS X. I was also told the best way to learn it is to first learn flash, then C and then finally Objective C, is this the best way?

    Thanks everyone!
  2. rdowty macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2008
    I found the Stanford podcasts on iTunes helpful.
  3. monsieurpaul macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2009
    Flash ? I don't know what Flash is doing on your list.

    For C, indeed it is helpful to "learn" C before learning objective C, but you can spend years learning C...

    Some excellent books on Objective-C are written for the absolute beginner and will give you some basic knowledge on C and programmation in general. I'd recommend these 2:

    Programming in Objective-C 2.0 from Stephen Kochan

    Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch guide by Aaron Hillegass
  4. softwareguy256 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2010
    um perhaps the obvious answer is 99% times the correct one, learn objective C by using objective C.

  5. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    Actionscript => C doesn't make a lick of sense IMO. You could go that path but you may as well just start with Javascript... a far more useful skill these days.

    My journey was

    Java->C++->C#->Objective C->Perl->Objective C round 2.

    You don't have to know C to learn Objective C but there are times where knowing the C type system and some other tricks do come in handy. Most of the time though, you can comfortably live in @interface/@implementation land and not worry about the intrinsics of C. Beginner books tend to have enough of a C primer that you'll be functionally literate in C.
  6. kthomp macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012
    I'd recommend the Big Nerd Ranch books. A background in C will help IMHO. Particularly wrt pointers and memory.
  7. JacaByte macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    I went AppleScript -> TiBASIC (Most convoluted strain of BASIC ever) -> C. It was a little painful, but I've got a good handle on those languages now. Tried to go on to Java, was too painful. (I stopped reading when I found out that a Java source file is not compiled linearly) I then tried Objective-C, and it made a little sense, but I desperately missed pointers and it didn't stick.

    I love pointer based languages. OO languages hurt too much for me.
  8. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Objective-C has pointers. Every class instance you create uses pointers to access that instance of the class. Objective-C is simply an extension on top of C so anything you can do in C you can do in Objective-C including everything to do with pointers.

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