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A solid introduction to programming on the Mac OS X Snow Leopard platform

The Mac OS X Snow Leopard system comes with everything you need in its complete set of development tools and resources. However, finding where to begin can be challenging. This book serves as an ideal starting point for programming on the Mac OS X Snow Leopard platform. Step-by-step instructions walk you through the details of each featured example so that you can type them out, run them, and even figure out how to debug them when they don't work right. Taking into account that there is usually more than one way to do something when programming, the authors encourage you to experiment with a variety of solutions. This approach enables you to efficiently start writing programs in Mac OS X Snow Leopard using myriad languages and put those languages together in order to create seamless applications.

Beginning Mac OS X Snow Leopard Programming:

  • Teaches you where to find current resources for the developer tools that come with your copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard

  • Explores Xcode®, the application used to build Mac OS X programs

  • Walks you through designing a graphical user interface with Interface Builder

  • Shows you how application resources are stored and how applications work in multiple languages

  • Explains writing applications using the Cocoa® frameworks, Xcode, and Dashcode

  • Addresses how various scripting languages extend Mac OS X's command-line interface

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Michael Trent is a technical reviewer for numerous books and magazine articles and the coauthor of Beginning Mac OS X Programming with Drew McCormack.

Drew McCormack is an experienced computational scientist, founder of the "The Mental Faculty"—an independent company developing software for the Mac and iPhone—and the coauthor of Beginning Mac OS X Programming with Michael Trent.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Beginning Mac OS x Snow Leopard Programming Feb. 18 2010
By P. Mackie - Published on
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If you are an experienced programmer desiring to master developing software on Mac OS X, then this book is the one to start with. The book is particularly well written and covers all the basics of both Mac OS X application and script programming. I can't think of a better way to get starting with Mac OS X than this book for a broad understanding of programming on the Mac.

The book is particularly well written and very easy to follow (that is if you are an experienced programmer). Better "how to" dev writing than I have see in a long time. Michael and Drew are to be commended. And I am very picky about technical book readability.

These guys make the quirky Objective-C easy to understand and master.

There are more in-depth Mac OS X dev books, but, by all means, start here first.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Useful Book But Too Much Fluff at the Start April 13 2010
By Maros - Published on
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All in all, this is a OK book for a beginner. The (major) problem is this is one of those books that throws the theory of the OS, frameworks, components, etc at the beginning.

This takes up a good amount of pages without letting the user get their hands dirty. Not only that, more fluff is taken up with images of how to work Xcode, Interface Builder, and other tools. Still, without the user really getting their hands dirty.

In the end, You'll be trudging through a total of just over 144 pages before you get to Chapter 6: C Programming. Now to be fair, once you get there the book starts to shine. After a quick delve into 'C', Chapter 7: Objective C begins on page 229. Then Cocoa & Doc-Based & Core-Data (pg 291).

A (short) Overview of Scripting Languages begins on page 389, which leads into BASH (pg 425). Lastly, AppleScript (pg 487) & (Dashboard) JavaScript are Discussed (pg 553). The Appendix (etc) begins on pg 591.

I think the best audience for this book are the ones with some programming experience who won't freak out over a different GUI API/OS. (Like myself.) These are the people that will immediately go to the sections they need and make the most of it. (And then read the fluff if desired.) Because it's divided into multiple programming languages the handling is somewhat (understandably, IMO) cursory, but fairly passable.

It's more at a 3.5 rating if taken in this context. However, dropped to flat 3 because of the overload of fluff at the beginning.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Well-organized, great introduction April 17 2011
By Pete - Published on
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This is a great introduction to programming on Mac OS X. It's much longer than the Isted book Beginning Mac Programming (Pragmatic Programmers), but it's explanations are much better. Isted gets readers right into projects but doesn't spend the time to explain the reasoning behind some of the concepts his projects rely on. Trent and McCormack, by contrast, spend the first half of their book building these concepts (often from their roots in the fundamental C language), to show how they develop into OOP with higher-level Objective-C 2.0 language and Cocoa frameworks.

The Isted book will have you developing GUI and apps right away, but it's harder to generalize his presentation to new apps. This book, because of the time spent developing the concepts, sets its readers up much better to develop their own apps. It's worth the extra time it takes-- by the end of the book, you understand enough to get your own ideas started.

Full source files are presented in the text(!) and available for download. Examples are presented in complete form, so that each example stands on its own, rather than building on some code you may forget to include from a previous chapter.

Since this is an intro text it spends a lot of time developing the ideas of Objective-C/Cocoa from their roots in C, which means that it doesn't have time to get to some of the more advanced topics the language and framework allow. On the other hand, it introduces readers to most (all?) programming options available on the Mac, from Unix command line interface and shell scripts, right on through Applescripts and developing Mac GUI applications.
Wow - SOLID background info book March 21 2012
By OverToasty - Published on
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Fantastic "Solidify-er Book"! Probably not quite for the total beginner ( despite the title ) but excellent for somebody with novice to pro programming experience. It's perfect for those who need some SOLID background knowledge without "reading the dictionary", or even just a "tune-up"; for instance, the C review chapters alone are absolutely essential if you're coming from Java and need to get into Obj-C - Java heads trying to get into Obj-C without this background are in for many, many nights of hair-pulling and a deer-in-headlights sense of mystification.

Can't say enough about this book, really cleared up a lot of things - and pointed out a lot of possibilities on OSX that I hadn't realized existed, as it treats OSX as a complete platform, not just an Obj-C cocoa programming environment. ( scripting etc )

Hopefully they'll update it for Mountain Lion, but even as it is, it's still very relevant.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Just OK Sept. 25 2010
By Larry C. - Published on
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I was looking for a book with a good introduction to programming in the Xcode environment creating Cocoa applications. After a 30+ year career programming in C and other procedural languages, I also needed a good introduction to the object oriented paradigm. This book is supposedly a "beginning" programming guide, but it tries to cover way, way too much and fails to get into sufficient detail. If you're looking for a book that introduces everything about the Mac, including Unix, Shell, C, Objective C, and Cocoa, this book is OK. If all these topics are new to you, you will get little out of this book and be totally overwhelmed. Each chapter tries to cover a major aspect of MacOS, and with this approach, each chapter should be a book or two itself. If you're a seasoned programmer familiar with OO programming, this book offers too little.