- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Sams (December 18, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672325861
- ISBN-13: 978-0672325861
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 266 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Programming in Objective-C
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From the Back Cover
Programming in Objective-C is a concise, carefully written tutorial on the basics of Objective-C and object-oriented programming. The book makes no assumption about prior experience with object-oriented programming languages or with the C language (upon which Objective-C is based). And because of this, both novice and experienced programmers alike can use this book to quickly and effectively learn the fundamentals of Objective-C. Readers can also learn the concepts of object-oriented programming without having to first learn all of the intricacies of the underlying procedural language (C). This approach, combined with many small program examples and exercises at the end of each chapter, makes it ideally suited for either classroom use or self-study. Growth is expected in this language. At the January 2003 MacWorld, it was announced that there are 5 million Mac OS X users and each of their boxes ships with Objective-C built in.
About the Author
Stephen Kochan is the author and coauthor of several bestselling titles on the C language, including Programming in C, Programming in ANSI C, and Topics in C Programming, and several Unix titles, including Exploring the Unix System and Unix Shell Programming. He has been programming on Macintosh computers since the introduction of the first Mac in 1984 and wrote Programming C for the Mac as part of the Apple Press Library.
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Don't buy it if you don't need to because it's useless without a working link for errata and answers to exercises. Hopefully that will change someday soon, but until it does, I can't recommend this book to anyone who is learning C.
I do like this text, but here are three issues:
1) This is only relevant if you are reading it on the kindle. The book does not have a kindle-compatible table of contents, so you can't easily jump to specific chapters.
2) The book says that you can find the answers to chapter-quiz questions on their website, but it looks like they let the domain lapse and somebody bought it up. EDIT: You can find the answers on Steve Kochan's forum:[...]
3) At one point in the book it recommends trying out the exercises in a computer facility. This might have made more sense in the 1980s. It makes you wonder what other parts of the book were glossed over in the more modern editions.
Update: I didn't expect a same-day reply by the Author! It is much appreciated.
My only warning is that the video DVD that comes with it is aptly named "PART ONE" because it only covers half of the book. I actually did not have a problem with this because I assumed if I liked the DVD I would be given the opportunity to purchase Part Two. NOPE. There is NO PART TWO. So if you like Part One you are out of luck. You have been warned.
I rated the 3rd edition highly and still do. This is an elementary introduction and the new features of C11 are things that would not naturally be covered at this level. The one-star rating is because of the false claim and because the changes to the text are really too trivial to justify printing a new edition.