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Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X, Third Edition Paperback – May 5 2008

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (May 5 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321503619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321503619
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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The best-selling introduction to Cocoa, once again updated to cover the latest Mac programming technologies, and still enthusiastically recommended by experienced Mac OS X developers.


“Aaron's book is the gold standard for Mac OS X programming books—beautifully written, and thoughtfully sculpted. The best book on Leopard development.”

—Scott Stevenson,www.theocacao.com


“This is the first book I'd recommend for anyone wanting to learn Cocoa from scratch. Aaron's one of the few (perhaps only) full-time professional Cocoa instructors, and his teaching experience shows in the book.”

—Tim Burks, software developer and creator of the Nu programming language,www.programming.nu


“If you're a UNIX or Windows developer who picked up a Mac OS X machine recently in hopes of developing new apps or porting your apps to Mac users, this book should be strongly considered as one of your essential reference and training tomes.”

—Kevin H. Spencer, Apple Certified Technical Coordinator


If you're developing applications for Mac OS X,Cocoa® Programming for Mac® OS X, Third Edition,is the book you've been waiting to get your hands on. If you're new to the Mac environment, it's probably the book you've been told to read first. Covering the bulk of what you need to know to develop full-featured applications for OS X, written in an engaging tutorial style, and thoroughly class-tested to assure clarity and accuracy, it is an invaluable resource for any Mac programmer.


Specifically, Aaron Hillegass introduces the three most commonly used Mac developer tools: Xcode, Interface Builder, and Instruments. He also covers the Objective-C language and the major design patterns of Cocoa. Aaron illustrates his explanations with exemplary code, written in the idioms of the Cocoa community, to show you how Mac programs should be written. After reading this book, you will know enough to understand and utilize Apple's online documentation for your own unique needs. And you will know enough to write your own stylish code.


Updated for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5, this revised edition includes coverage of Xcode 3, Objective-C 2, Core Data, the garbage collector, and CoreAnimation.

About the Author

Aaron Hillegas runs Big Nerd Ranch, well-known for its popular Cocoa programming classes. Previously, he was a developer at NeXT and Apple. At Next, he wrote the first course on OpenStep, the predecessor to today's Cocoa tools. At Apple, he created and taught courses in Cocoa directly for and to Apple engineers. This book is based on Aaron's Big Nerd Ranch course and is influenced by 15 years of work with OpenStep and Cocoa.

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Just because one is an expert at a given subject does not mean they make the best person to teach it. Aaron Hillegass is in a group of those few rare individuals who knows the subject and can help the reader to better understand it. His book is a well written and thought out tutorial that has been tested and refined by actual teaching conditions. If you haven't had the pleasure of attending Big Nerd Ranch then this is the next best thing. Don't think about it...just buy the book!
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I had the pleasure to attend the April 2004 Cocoa programming class at the Big Nerd Ranch. We used a looseleaf version of the final proofs of the 2nd edition of "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X". Short summary: Excellent.
I have the first edition of the book, so let me summarize some changes:
The book uses Xcode. Cocoa bindings are covered, including key value coding and key value observing. The document architecture is introduced early, and this is coupled to an early discussion of implementing undo. Topics are developed logically and incrementally. The discussion on Java has been dropped, while class notes on OpenGL have been moved into the book.
An early example has been simplified to flatten out the learning curve in the first part of the book. Code examples that are developed in stages now show the new lines of code in BOLD, a vast improvement when you're typing it in.
This book has been refined systematically based on feedback from real students at the BNR classes. This attention to detail really shows.
I recommend the book very highly. My only suggestion would be to use Apples "Objective C Programming Lanaguage" or "Programming in Objective C" (Steve Kochan) as an adjunct to this book if you need a slower introduciton to Objective C.
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When I first learned C (ten years ago) I learned from a book (which no longer published). In a year's time that book was dog-eared and ragged I referenced it so much. While I just received Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (2nd Edition) last week, I think my copy will suffer a similar fate.
This book is well-written, clean and lean. The approach to the subject is right on subject without a lot of fluff. If you want to learn Cocoa, this is the book.
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Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X is one of the best hands on approach learning book I have read. How to instructions are clear. The several simple software projects are carefully chosen to cover a wide range of topics without redundancy. When deep explanations are missing, (this book has only 433 pages) it is possible to complete using Xcode searches in online documentation. A great introduction to Cocoa.
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a terrific intro to objective-c..very clearly written and if followed closely section by section you will feel quite confident of your new abilities when you finish ..this can be a complicated process but the exercises Steve has chosen put each new topic in perspective...very well done !! the stuff is 'hard but you are not stupid'.....
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