Learning Cocoa with Objective-C

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Learning Cocoa with Objective-C is the "must-have" book for people who want to develop applications for Mac OS X, and is the only book approved and reviewed by Apple engineers. Based on the Jaguar release of Mac OS X 10.2, this edition of Learning Cocoa includes examples that use the Address Book and Universal Access APIs. Also included is a handy quick reference card, charting Cocoa's Foundation and AppKit frameworks, along with an Appendix that includes a listing of resources essential to any Cocoa ...

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Overview

Learning Cocoa with Objective-C is the "must-have" book for people who want to develop applications for Mac OS X, and is the only book approved and reviewed by Apple engineers. Based on the Jaguar release of Mac OS X 10.2, this edition of Learning Cocoa includes examples that use the Address Book and Universal Access APIs. Also included is a handy quick reference card, charting Cocoa's Foundation and AppKit frameworks, along with an Appendix that includes a listing of resources essential to any Cocoa developer—beginning or advanced.Completely revised and updated, this 2nd edition begins with some simple examples to familiarize you with the basic elements of Cocoa programming as well Apple's Developer Tools, including Project Builder and Interface Builder.After introducing you to Project Builder and Interface Builder, it brings you quickly up to speed on the concepts of object-oriented programming with Objective-C, the language of choice for building Cocoa applications. From there, each chapter presents a different sample program for you to build, with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions to teach you the fundamentals of Cocoa programming. The techniques you will learn in each chapter lay the foundation for more advanced techniques and concepts presented in later chapters.You'll learn how to:

  • Effectively use Apple's suite of Developer Tools, including Project Builder and Interface Builder
  • Build single- and multiple-window document-based applications
  • Manipulate text data using Cocoa's text handling capabilities
  • Draw with Cocoa
  • Add scripting functionality to your applications
  • Localize your application for multiple language support
  • Polish off your application by adding an icon for use in the Dock, provide Help, and package your program for distribution
Each chapter ends with a series of Examples, challenging you to test your newly-learned skills by tweaking the application you've just built, or to go back to an earlier example and add to it some new functionality. Solutions are provided in the Appendix, but you're encouraged to learn by trying.Extensive programming experience is not required to complete the examples in the book, though experience with the C programming language will be helpful. If you are familiar with an object-oriented programming language such as Java or Smalltalk, you will rapidly come up to speed with the Objective-C language. Otherwise, basic object-oriented and language concepts are covered where needed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596003012
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/27/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

This book was contributed to by the technical writers, engineers, support specialists, and other professionals at Apple Computer, Inc., who are committed to making Mac OS X a superior platform for innovation, productivity, and enjoyment. These professionals have diligently collected, compiled, and edited the information in this books to ensure that it is a useful resource for Mac OS X developers.

James Duncan Davidson is a freelance author, software developer, and consultant focusing on Mac OS X, Java, XML, and open source technologies. He is the author of Learning Cocoa with Objective-C (published by O'Reilly & Associates) and is a frequent contributor to the O'Reilly Network online website as well as publisher of his own website, x180 (http://www.x180.net), where he keeps his popular weblog. Duncan was the creator of Apache Tomcat and Apache Ant and was instrumental in their donation to the Apache Software Foundation by Sun Microsystems . While working at Sun, he authored two versions of the Java Servlet API specification as well as the Java API for XML Processing. Duncan regularly presents at conferences all over the world on topics ranging from open source and collaborative development to programming Java more effectively. He didn't graduate with a Computer Science degree, but sees that as a benefit in helping explain how software works. His educational background is in Architecture (the bricks and mortar kind), the essence of which he applies to every software problem that finds him. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Cocoa Overview and Foundation

Chapter 1: Introduction to Cocoa

Chapter 2: Cocoa Development Tools

Chapter 3: Object-Oriented Programming with Objective-C

Chapter 4: The Cocoa Foundation Kit

Single-Window Applications

Chapter 5: Graphical User Interfaces

Chapter 6: Windows, Views, and Controls

Chapter 7: Custom Views

Chapter 8: Event Handling

Chapter 9: Models and Data Functionality

Document-Based Applications

Chapter 10: Multiple Document Architecture

Chapter 11: Rich-Text Handling

Miscellaneous Topics

Chapter 12: Printing

Chapter 13: Bundles and Resources

Chapter 14: Localization

Chapter 15: Defaults and Preferences

Chapter 16: Accessory Windows

Chapter 17: Finishing Touches

Appendixes

Exercise Solutions

Additional Resources

Using the Foundation and Application Kit API References

Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    A good book for experienced programmers

    Just a couple months ago, I've been just getting into programming. When I first started reading it, I got a little confused and found it somewhat complicated. But after I read the intro, I found that it sayed that experience in the C/C++ programming language is recommended. I then went through and bought a C programming book. After reading that book, learning with this book is simple. It not only teaches you by reading, but gives you the opportunity to build the application you are reading about yourself! A very interactive and helpful book. But its recommended that you have C/C++ experience, as it doen't really tell you what basic language means. Objective-C comes from C, so C experience is recommended. Other than that, its a wonderful book!

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