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Programming in Objective-C 2.0 (Developer's Library Series)

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    A detailed, yet clear way of mastering objective-C!

    I Started reading the book right from the first page. It was really clear and detailed. Great way of building the principles step by step. You can be a real professional wit objective-C if you would do all the exercises in the book.
    One recommendation to mention though: TAKE NOTES WHILE YOU ARE GOING THROUGH IT, so that you can link ideas together.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Excellent!

    If you're new to programming or have a minor background in programming, this book is for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    I have to say that I haven't read too many books on the subject

    I have to say that I haven't read too many books on the subject but I have read a lot of programming books before, and none match the simplicity that this book offer. Highly recommended for Objective-C learners but beware, as of Xcode 4.6, which is what I'm using, the examples in the Cocoa are outdated and you will have a hard time figuring out how to adapt them. I am considering getting another book precisely because of this, maybe even from the same author, since he has Programming in Objective-C Fifth edition. But for pure Objective-C development this book is a must.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    The closest equivalent to K&R for Objective-C

    Now, strictly speaking, the original definitive book on Objective C is Brad Cox's book, but it's vastly outdated, based on the original ICpak API and not the standard-since-1995 FoundationKit. But Cox doesn't have much to do with his baby these days, and Apple's ebooks on the language, while required reading, tend only to define the language in terms of its extensions to C. There are other books, but this one seems to be the closest thing available to a cross-platform Objective C book. (Kochan did make a deliberate choice for the second edition to focus on Xcode 3 as the development environment, but GNUSTEP's ProjectCenter is just similar enough that translating between the two is easier than you'd think.)

    I might have brought in the FoundationKit earlier; it's the de facto standard library for Objective-C, and as Bjarne Stroustrup has pointed out, standard libraries are there to be used. I'm also a bit mystified at the choice of iOS rather than Mac OS X as the host OS for the Fraction Calculator project in the GUI section of the book; the only thing that comes to mind is that an iOS app is likely to be somewhat easier to wire up and has a wider market, but at the same time Cocoa Touch has no direct equivalent on GNUSTEP or Cocotron. I can see both sides on this one, but I still think desktop Cocoa would have been a better choice.

    Overall, though, this is probably the first book to buy. You'll want to supplement it with the OPENSTEP spec or the Apple Foundation and AppKit documentation, but with the exception of the blocks construct introduced in Snow Leopard, this book tells you pretty much everything you need to get started. Now, knowing that the third edition is coming out in a couple of months, should you wait? I'd say probably not. The addition of blocks is theoretically a big deal, but you can pick the basics up from the Apple docs.

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