- 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: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,729,058 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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Top customer reviews
As far as the book itself goes. It is very well written, examples are clear, and the author does not assume you've mastered a concept simply because he mentioned it in a previous chapter (a problem w/ many of the other intro books out there). The pacing seems appropriate, and the examples are clear. Another reviewer mentioned the bit operation section as being difficult, and I also didn't really get it myself. However, the good news is that you don't use these operations in Cocoa except in very rare circumstances, so as a novice, you can just ignore that stuff. If you bought any of the other intro to Cocoa books and gave up, buy this, and you'll be able to understand the others better.
My only gripe with this book is the use of "free" rather than retain/release for memory management. This is completely foreign to how things work in Cocoa, and I think it was a mistake to do it this, since you'll just learn to do it differently once you move on to Cocoa, and the point of this book, for me at least, was to get an Objective C grounding for Cocoa. SInce the logical role for this book is to get beginners ready for Cocoa, I think the memory management should have followed standard Cocoa procedures.
Despite this gripe, this is a very useful book for starting in with Objective C and a very reasonable introduction to object oriented programming.
The organization is well thought out and clearly written. It would be a great book for a someone who has never programmed in C and for vetrans wishing to learn a new language. The book is easy to read and organized in a manner that makes it quite useful as a reference after reading it.
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I got this almost by accident in a bundle of books I picked up on eBay and it is the single best written 'how to learn a language' book I have ever...Read more
A. GET THIS BOOK.
B. Get the Objective-C Pocket Reference.
C. Get programming.