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Praise for Cocoa Design Patterns
“This long-needed book is a great resource for Cocoa newcomers and veterans who want to get the why behind the what. The list of patterns gives historical perspective and answers many developer questions and the last three chapters–covering Core Data, AppKit, and Bindings–are a must-read; they reveal insights that might otherwise require hours of discussion with Apple engineers or access to source code.”
–Tim Burks, Software Developer and Creator of the Nu Programming Language, www.programming.nu
“This book is a comprehensive and authoritative treatment of design patterns and their practical applications in Cocoa projects. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to advance from intermediate to expert proficiency as a Macintosh developer.”
–John C. Randolph, Vice President Engineering, Stealth Imaging, Inc.
“Cocoa Design Patterns is a fantastic book that will show you the ins and outs of software design patterns, how Cocoa makes use of them, and how to apply them to your own applications for better, more robust, and more maintainable software.”
–August Trometer, Owner of FoggyNoggin Software
“Cocoa Design Patterns is superb! It is highly readable, thoroughly enjoyable, and filled to the brim with wisdom that will make you a more efficient and effective programmer. The authors utilize a consistent and self-contained approach to each chapter, making it easy to return to use as a reference. However, the material is so interesting and vital to Cocoa programmers that you’ll want to read it from cover to cover.”
–David Mandell, Independent Developer
“Erik and Donald’s book really helped me out with the conceptual side of programming. It caused me to realize where I was going wrong in my code and helped me sort out my design issues.”
“This book is recommended for any programmer interested in a deeper understanding of Cocoa. Reading it might have helped me become a better software engineer in any object-oriented language. I’ll keep it handy as a constant reference and look forward to reading it again more carefully.”
“Next time some kid shows up at my door asking for a code review, this is the book that I am going to throw at him.
-Aaron Hillegass, founder of Big Nerd Ranch, Inc., and author ofCocoa Programming for Mac OS X
Unlocking the Secrets of Cocoa and Its Object-Oriented Frameworks
Mac and iPhone developers are often overwhelmed by the breadth and sophistication of the Cocoa frameworks. Although Cocoa is indeed huge, once you understand the object-oriented patterns it uses, you'll find it remarkably elegant, consistent, and simple.
Cocoa Design Patternsbegins with the mother of all patterns: the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern, which is central to all Mac and iPhone development. Encouraged, and in some casesenforcedby Apple's tools, it's important to have a firm grasp of MVC right from the start.
The book's midsection is a catalog of the essential design patterns you'll encounter in Cocoa, including
And that's not all of them!Cocoa Design Patternspainstakingly isolates 28 design patterns, accompanied with real-world examples and sample code you can apply to your applications today. The book wraps up with coverage of Core Data models, AppKit views, and a chapter on Bindings and Controllers.
Cocoa Design Patternsclearly defines the problems each pattern solves with a foundation in Objective-C and the Cocoa frameworks and can be used by any Mac or iPhone developer.
Each design pattern described in the book is a solution methodology for a software engineering problem.
Overall, I would recommend anyone who wants to learn Cocoa or improve their understanding of it to get this book, and I am glad I bought it.
It allows you to take all those pesky Hillegass challenges, and apply a much broader approach to answering them.
This book was supposed to be "Used" version and it appeared to be in a really good conditions as promised by the seller. The shipment has been done soon enough, too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Khang Vu
This book is a must buy for any serious programmer. It places emphasis on Apple's OS X development, but a great for any development platform. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jack N. Hatfield
I haven't finished the entire book yet but until now it has been astonishing good! I recommend it 100% to become a better iOS/Mac developer.Published 14 months ago by David H.
A lot of examples that I don't find too useful. As an experienced programmer I was hoping for more of a recipe book.Published 17 months ago by asdf
Cannot really go wrong here. It is a standard you should read if you use Cocoa. Even Cocoa touch folks would learn a lot here. Just wish they'd give us an updated version.Published 17 months ago by Goodbye Helicopter
This book contains valuable information for anyone new to Apple programming. It provides a good introduction to the abstraction in the Apple libraries.Published 18 months ago by B. Wilkinson
Great for starter beginning to program and trying to figure out how certain things work within xcode. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dauris Little
I'm relatively new to Cocoa and the iOS frameworks. This book goes a long way in making clear why many of the language features are the way they are and the design principles... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael Koukoullis
I'm not done with this yet but I don't think I will be for a while (because I think I'll be re-reading it a few times over). Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. Iredale