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Objective-C Programming For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Neal Goldstein
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Book Description

A step-by-step guide to understanding object-oriented programming with Objective-C

As the primary programming language for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X applications, Objective-C is a reflective, object-oriented language that all programmers must know before creating apps. Assuming no prior programming language experience, this fun-and-friendly book provides you with a solid understanding of Objective-C. Addressing the latest version of Xcode, debugging, code completion, and more, veteran author Neal Goldstein helps you gain a solid foundation of this complex topic, and filters out any unnecessary intricate technical jargon.

  • Assumes no prior knowledge of programming and keeps the tone clear and entertaining
  • Explains complicated topics regarding Objective-C with clarity and in a straightforward-but-fun style that has defined the For Dummies brand for 20 years
  • Features all material completely compliant with the latest standards for Objective-C and Apple programming

Objective-C Programming For Dummies is the ideal beginner book if your objective is to venture into iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X development for the first time!

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From the Back Cover

Learn how to turn your idea for a great app into a real, robust Objective-C application!

Objective-C is the language of apps for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Plain English is the language of this book, making it easy for you to learn how to turn your ideas into amazing apps for Apple devices! Even if you have no programming experience whatsoever, this book gives you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to create honest-to-goodness apps.

  • The starting line — learn how programs work, the tools you need, and what it takes to turn an idea into a functioning program
  • Step by step — start out developing a simple app and build on it as you learn additional features of Objective-C
  • Learn the lingo — master the instruction set and frameworks of Objective-C
  • The object of it all — understand objects, where they originate, and how to extend their behavior
  • Two for one — design your application so you can plug it into user interfaces for both Macs and iOS devices

Open the book and find:

  • How computer languages work
  • Directions for downloading and installing the SDK
  • All about variables and operators
  • What objects are and all the things you do with them
  • Secrets of successful debugging
  • Advice on managing memory
  • Steps for adding a user interface
  • Ten tips for being a happy developer

Learn to:

  • Create apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and OS X® using object-oriented programming
  • Use Xcode® 4 for debugging and code completion
  • Identify and eliminate errors in your programs
  • Structure applications and use Objective-C syntax

About the Author

Neal Goldstein is a veteran programmer and trusted instructor of iOS programming topics. He is the author of all editions of iPhone Application Development For Dummies. Karl Kowalski is a programmer who specializes in security and mobile apps and author of Mac Application Development For Dummies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4505 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LQ8F7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that truly teaches -- Not just for Dummies January 1, 2013
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To start, I wrote an 11,000 line program several years ago in C/Carbon. It drew graphics to the screen, did a lot of math in the background, and had ample buttons and menus. It was clear to me about 4 years ago that I had to rewrite the program in Obj-C/Cocoa if Apple was going to support the underlying code. So I bought several Obj-C books, including the leading two, to learn the new language. I worked all of the examples and thought that I knew something about objective programming. My biggest disappointments occurred when I would put the books down for a week and then start again. I really didn't know what I was doing except memorizing the examples. I just could not see the larger context or advantage of Obj-C. Something wasn't sticking with me.

Mr. Goldstein takes a very different approach from other programming books. His first example is a program that keeps tracks of spending while traveling in Europe. It is a classical C-program with a single C-struct. From this easy starting point each chapter changes only 2 or 3 things to make this simple example more and more object oriented as an Obj-C code. Each change is carefully explained. The mathematics of the spending program never really change so that is one less complication. In the last chapters the simple example is expanded to an app just to show how simple things can be.

Along the way Mr. Goldstein introduces the whole collection of NSObjects. This time, however, I understood how each step toward an object oriented code increases the generality of the code so that it can easily be modified in the future. Finally, I saw the whole forest instead of individual trees, and I can remember learnings from week to week. Now I use the two leading Obj-C books as references, but the Dummies book is always opened first.

-- Bob Ayres
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for dummies and beginners June 4, 2013
By Andy
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It helped me get through my Programming class. easy to read, easy to follow.
It provided me more with examples than actually learning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!! April 17, 2013
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Great book easy to understand for somebody with no experience like me great book to start with highly recommended for beginners.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Have High hopes for Obj-C Prog for Dummies April 17, 2014
After typing in the example program again and again and making the changes, from chapter to chapter, deleting stuff I'd just typed in the previous chapter, I became a bit impatient by Chapter 12.

Consequently, I would highly recommend purchasing the book on Objective-C by author Nick Smith, in addition to all of his books including: a book about the C language, the one I just mentioned on Objective-C, a primer on app development for the Mac and a primer on app development for iOS. All are excellent and all are available through Amazon Kindle! They are also incredibly affordable as well!

Hats off to anyone who can get through this book, chapter by chapter, myself included. The authors take a rather dry approach to presenting this somewhat dry material, having you continually change up the way a little command line application works with each new chapter.

I think some of the details could have been omitted or saved until after it became a working iOS or Mac app, thus making for a slightly more exciting experience. But the title does suggest that we are here to learn the language!

I now have an iOS app and / or Mac app. It doesn't do much, consisting of two text boxes and two buttons that essentially subtract dollar amounts from a running balance. Needless to say, 17 chapters and 412 pages later, I'm a little disappointed. Still, the authors have covered some important and rather technical subjects that will provide for a solid foundation in app development.

I think anyone who is honest will admit that object oriented languages can have a steep learning curve. Realizing the objective (ha ha) of this book is to teach Objective-C, I'd have to say that it accomplishes this fairly well.

Incidentally, Mac Application Development for Dummies by Karl Kowalski is surprisingly excellent!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Examples not the Best February 2, 2013
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The book does a good job explaining Objective C, but examples are hard to follow. It also likes to jump ahead and tell what you are learning in future chapters.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To difficult to follow January 22, 2013
By Lucas
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Started to read it as it was a book for DUMMIES as it says in the cover but I couldn't follow.
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