MAC Xcode 2 Book

MAC Xcode 2 Book

by Michael E. Cohen, Dennis R. Cohen
     
 

Learn the code. Astound your friends.

Yours free with every Tiger — a to-die-for package of sophisticated software development tools called Xcode. Whether you're already immersed in soft- ware development or just considering a dip in the programming pool, Xcode lets you create applica- tions, plug-ins, applets, utilities, extensions, and much more. And here,

Overview

Learn the code. Astound your friends.

Yours free with every Tiger — a to-die-for package of sophisticated software development tools called Xcode. Whether you're already immersed in soft- ware development or just considering a dip in the programming pool, Xcode lets you create applica- tions, plug-ins, applets, utilities, extensions, and much more. And here, liberally laced with irre- sistible fun facts and foolishness, is a complete crash course in Xcode. You're gonna love it.

Trust us.

  • Build your first application right away
  • Understand Xcode's built-in compilers, program editor, and debugger
  • See how Xcode speaks your favorite language
  • Meet the Interface Builder and some classy data modeling tools

"Chock-full of delicious hints, tips, and details. Informative and enjoyable from cover to cover!"

—Mike Rossetti, Staff Engineer, Intuit QuickBooks Mac Engineering Team, ClubMacApp

"You have the makings of a hero, you know . . .

"This is a great time to be a Macintosh programmer. Sure, software developers have always been lionized as the true heroes of society — their movements obsessively tracked in gossip magazines, their achievements recognized in almost obscenely extravagant red-carpet awards telecasts.

"But Apple's own Xcode gives today's programmers unprecedented advantages. Xcode does it all. The system that allows a curious newbie to add a few buttons and menus to an existing AppleScript is the exact same one that Apple uses to build the next version of the Macintosh operating system. Today, we're all playing in either the deep or the shallow end of the same pool. Awesome, isn't it?"

—Andy Ihnatko

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Mac OS X comes with the extraordinarily rich and powerful Xcode software development environment: compilers, editors, design tools, examples, code libraries, you name it -- all free. If you’re even remotely interested in programming, this stuff’s like manna from heaven. But, until now, if you wanted to explore all these tools, you were largely on your own. The Mac Xcode 2 Book remedies that. Splendidly witty and readable, this book will guide you through every Xcode 2 nook and cranny.

After walking you through the construction of a simple application, the authors tour the Xcode programming environment and show how to jump-start your work with Apple’s project templates. Not sure exactly where Carbon stops and Cocoa begins, or what Java has to do with all this? They explain all that up front; then, later on, they take you inside all three. (There’s even coverage of using the development environment to write AppleScript.)

You’ll get thoroughly comfortable with the heart of the Xcode environment: its compilers and program editor. There’s detailed coverage of Apple’s Interface Builder application (where you create the application look-and-feel that has always made the Mac famous); as well as Xcode’s powerful class and data modeling tools.

Next, the authors turn to debugging your code (fewer endless spinning “rainbow pizzas”!). You’ll learn how to use Xcode’s multiple performance optimization tools (Sampler, Spin Control, Big Top, MONster, et al.). And, if you’re involved in more than casual programming, you’ll especially appreciate their discussion of Xcode’s software configuration management tools for team development. Bill Camarda, from the August 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764584114
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/23/2005
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.97(d)

Meet the Author

Michael E. Cohen has picked Apples throughout his 25-year career as a teacher, programmer, multimedia designer, Webmaster, and writer.

Dennis R. Cohen has been programming since punch cards. Now on his 12th Mac, he has authored, coauthored, or contributed to more than 30 books.

Andy Ihnatko, self-described as America's 42nd Most-Beloved Industry Figure, is the Chicago Sun-Times' technology columnist and the totally irreverent blogger at www.andyi.com.

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