Learn Objective-C on the Mac [NOOK Book]

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Take your coding skills to the next level with this extensive guide to Objective–C, the native programming language for developing sophisticated software applications for Mac OS X. Objective–C is a powerful, object–oriented extension of C, making this book the perfect follow–up to Dave Mark’s bestselling Learn C on the Mac, Mac OS X Edition. Whether you’re an experienced C programmer or you’re coming from a different language such as C++ or Java, leading Mac experts Mark Dalrymple and Scott Knaster show you how ...

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Overview

Take your coding skills to the next level with this extensive guide to Objective–C, the native programming language for developing sophisticated software applications for Mac OS X. Objective–C is a powerful, object–oriented extension of C, making this book the perfect follow–up to Dave Mark’s bestselling Learn C on the Mac, Mac OS X Edition. Whether you’re an experienced C programmer or you’re coming from a different language such as C++ or Java, leading Mac experts Mark Dalrymple and Scott Knaster show you how to harness the powers of Objective–C in your applications!



  • A complete course on the basics of Objective–C using Apple’s free Xcode tools

  • An introduction to object–oriented programming

  • Comprehensive coverage of inheritance, composition, object initialization, categories, protocols, memory management, and organizing source files

  • A brief tour of Cocoa’s foundation framework and AppKit

  • A helpful “learning curve” guide for non–C developers


What you’ll learn

  • Learn Objective–C programming, the gateway to programming your Mac or iPhone

  • Write applications for the Mac OS X interface, the cleanest user–interface around

  • Understand variables and how to design your own data structures

  • Work with the file system

  • Connect to data sources and the Internet


Who this book is for


For anyone wanting to learn to program native applications in Mac OS X, including developers new to the Mac, developers new to Objective–C, or students entirely new to programming.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430218166
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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.
Mark Dalrymple has been a Mac developer since 1985 and a Unix programmer since 1990. Over the years, he has worked on projects ranging from cross-platform development tool kits to high-performance web server software servicing hundreds of millions of hits per day, medical applications, and video products for Hollywood. He is the coauthor of Core Mac OS X and Unix Programming and Advanced Mac OS X Programming.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Before You Start 1

Ch. 2 Extensions to C 5

Ch. 3 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming 19

Ch. 4 Inheritance 57

Ch. 5 Composition 73

Ch. 6 Source File Organization 87

Ch. 7 More About Xcode 101

Ch. 8 A Quick Tour of the Foundation Kit 131

Ch. 9 Memory Management 161

Ch. 10 Object Initialization 179

Ch. 11 Properties 201

Ch. 12 Categories 217

Ch. 13 Protocols 235

Ch. 14 Introduction to the AppKit 249

Ch. 15 File Loading and Saving 265

Ch. 16 Key-Value Coding 277

Ch. 17 NSPredicate 295

Appendix Coming to Objective-C from Other Languages 307

Index 319

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