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Learn Objective-C on the Mac (Learn Series) Paperback – May 5, 2009
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Scott Knaster is a legendary Mac hacker and author of such bestselling books as Hacking Mac OS X Tiger and Macintosh Programming Secrets. His book How to Write Macintosh Software was required reading for Mac programmers for more than a decade.
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Oh, it also says on page 5, "in chapter 2 of Dave Mark;s Learn C on Mac walks you through the steps of acquiring, installing, and creating programs with xcode". Basically they are going back to the idea of you purchasing their previous book! I'll tell you right now, just google "download xcode" and it'll take you to that link. I think they could of skip that last quoted sentence and just tell you the link, right?
Read it once, did not really go back to it for reference material. If you want to read something about Objective-C and not overwhelm yourself about there is to learn, this is it. Simple and basic for way introduction material.
I've used all sorts of languages throughout my career, and my initial approach to OSX programming was just start coding. Even though I've guessed plenty of things, I found Objective C quite weird and confusing at first; I lacked holistic view of Objective C and this book provided it.
I found this book extremely easy to read, structured nicely, and I was surprised when I read it cover-to-cover, almost unheard of for a technical book.
I read most of this book on a train on the way to work, without having compiler handy. Unlike "Cocoa programming for Mac OSX", a great book in its own league, my learning didn't suffer when I didn't have XCode handy.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone willing to learn Objective C.
I purchased the Cocoa something book (to lazy to go dig it out of my closet) to read when I finished this one, but only made it to chapter 2. I was eager to get to the other book I bought which was the iPhone SDK book. I made it 3/4's of the way through that book before setting it down and really just learning by doing. I had enough knowledge to either do what I wanted or was able to find out how to do it by searching the boards and Google for what I needed to pull it off.
I am a firm believer in this book and the Learn C on a Mac for people that want to get into computer programming or iPhone Development.
If I could give a handful of things to make sure you grasp along your journey towards iPhone Development they would be these:
1. OOP, understand that and everything that makes it up (inheritance, Polymorphism and so on).
2. Pointers, pointers pointers pointers, learn them because almost everything in Ob-C is pointers
3. Memory Management, this is pretty big for iPhone Dev
4. Learn Apple's process for Developing for the iPhone. There is a lot to know and you will have to deal with Certificates, Keys, Provisioning Profiles and so on.
5. Finally, learn XCode and all the Development tools.
I know I went beyond the book, but I just had to :)
Good luck on your journey if you are headed towards the iPhone Development Path or if you are going to just build for OS X.