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Stephen G. Kochan
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Dec 4 2012 032188728X 978-0321887283 5
Programming in Objective-C, Fifth Edition
Updated for OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6, and Xcode 4.5

Programming in Objective-C is a concise, carefully written tutorial on the basics of Objective-C and object-oriented programming for Apple's iOS and OS X platforms.

The book makes no assumptions about prior experience with object-oriented programming languages or with the C language (which Objective-C is based upon). Because of this, both beginners and experienced programmers alike can use this book to quickly and effectively learn the fundamentals of Objective-C. Readers can also learn the concepts of object-oriented programming without having to first learn all of the intricacies of the underlying C programming language.

This unique approach to learning, combined with many small program examples and exercises at the end of each chapter, makes Programming in Objective-C ideally suited for either classroom use or self-study.

This edition has been fully updated to incorporate new features in Objective-C programming introduced with Xcode 4.4 (OS X Mountain Lion) and Xcode 4.5 (iOS 6.)

“The best book on any programming language that I’ve ever read. If you want to learn Objective-C, buy it.”–Calvin Wolcott

“An excellent resource for a new programmer who wants to learn Objective-C as their first programming language–a woefully underserved market.”–Pat Hughes

Contents at a Glance

1 Introduction

Part I The Objective-C Language
2 Programming in Objective-C
3 Classes, Objects, and Methods
4 Data Types and Expressions
5 Program Looping
6 Making Decisions
7 More on Classes
8 Inheritance
9 Polymorphism, Dynamic Typing, and Dynamic Binding
10 More on Variables and Data Types
11 Categories and Protocols
12 The Preprocessor
13 Underlying C Language Features

Part II The Foundation Framework
14 Introduction to the Foundation Framework
15 Numbers, Strings, and Collections
16 Working with Files
17 Memory Management and Automatic Reference Counting (ARC)
18 Copying Objects
19 Archiving

Part III Cocoa, Cocoa Touch, and the iOS SDK
20 Introduction to Cocoa and Cocoa Touch
21 Writing iOS Applications

A Glossary
B Address Book Program Source Code

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Programming in Objective-C, Fifth Edition
Updated for OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6, and Xcode 4.5

Objective-C has become the standard programming language for application development on the iOS and OS X platforms. A powerful yet simple object-oriented programming language that’s based on C, Objective-C is widely available not only on Apple platforms but across many operating systems, including Linux, Unix, and Windows.

Programming in Objective-C provides the new programmer a complete, step-by-step introduction to the Objective-C language. The book does not assume previous experience with either C or object-oriented programming languages, and it includes many detailed, practical examples of how to put Objective-C to use in your everyday programming needs.

The fifth edition of this book has been updated to cover the new features in Objective-C programming introduced with Xcode 4.4 (OS X Mountain Lion) and Xcode 4.5 (iOS 6). It also includes coverage of Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) and shows how to take advantage of the Foundation framework's rich built-in library of classes and provides an introduction to iOS programming.

About the Author

Stephen Kochan is the author and coauthor of several bestselling titles on the C language, including Programming in C (Sams, 2004), Programming in ANSI C (Sams, 1994), and Topics in C Programming (Wiley, 1991), and several UNIX titles, including Exploring the Unix System (Sams, 1992) and Unix Shell Programming (Sams, 2003). He has been programming on Macintosh computers since the introduction of the first Mac in 1984, and he wrote Programming C for the Mac as part of the Apple Press Library. In 2003, Kochan wrote Programming in Objective-C (Sams, 2003), and followed that with another Mac-related title, Beginning AppleScript (Wiley, 2004).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great in depth book for beginner programmers July 18 2013
By thomas
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Its a really great book for beginners. I've read several other obj-c and iOS books, and hands down this one is the best.

Best of all the book doesn't gloss over topics. It breaks them down, and for some areas, even has a comment for more to come.

Make sure you do all the exercises included! They might seem trivial, but there are always subtle errors, you might not pick up from first glance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic June 28 2013
This book has become a classic. iOS 7 may be around the corner, but the graceful run through of Objective C features this book provides is unparalleled. Objective C is a super set of C; it adds features from SmallTalk. If you know C, then this book is a useful primer on Objective C features and makes a good reference. A must have on any iOS bookshelf as a proof of Objective C proficiency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book March 4 2014
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I've read some programming books and this would rank in the elite. Clear, easy with lots of examples and the code works.
This book makes sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like it Jan. 27 2014
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pretty good book, and I think I like it. I still read it for this week. Although I catch the wrong edition. It is still useful. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Struggled with other books, but this book starts at 0 which is the best way to learn any language imo. Jan. 16 2013
By Darek Senkow - Published on
I've never really had a hard time learning a new programming language until I bumped into Objective-C. There was something about the code/messaging structure and general approach that was not as intuitive to my nature as other languages. I read several Objective-C/iOS/Cocoa books and struggled with their broad assumptions of previous Objective-C experience. I really needed to find a way to start with a clean slate and learn from the ground up. Luckily for me, Kochan's book does just that by stripping away the complexity of UI (for a while) and Xcode (more or less) in order to first focus on the code itself. I know several other OO languages so it quickly became a matter of syntax after the first few chapters and before I knew it I was off to the races- coding Objective-C to Apple standards and fully understanding nearly every Apple tutorial, YouTube tutorial, and Objective-C code snippet that I could get my hands on- where it was all Greek to me just a few days earlier. I went from weeks of frustation to grokking it in a matter of a few hours. That is when the book delves into Xcode for a bit and teaches the basics of IB outlets, etc. I've recommended this book to many others.

I've also never read a book that stays as current with new developments as this one does. A year ago I bought the 3rd edition, then the 4th. Now we're on the 5th and completely abreast with Xcode. Remarkable. And I was able to protect my investment in those other less effective books- because after this one, I actually knew what they were talking about.

So yeah- I owe a big thanks to this book. Thanks, book!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new to programming altogether- awesome book! Jan. 19 2013
By S. Hartman - Published on
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Pretty new to programming- tried learning C++ a couple of times in the past and never really got the concept of object-oriented programming. This book helped me finally break through and understand a concept I had struggled with several times in the past. And in probably what is a less intuitive programming language to boot. Very pleased with this purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be happier Jan. 10 2013
By Tim - Published on
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I've been working slowly throught the text on my own for the past month and so far I couldn't be happier. The author writes in a clear and concise manner that is easy to follow. Although, I'm not sure how much I like the Objective-C language yet, I have to say this is one of the best programming books that I've ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to learn Objective-C? Look no further. Feb. 27 2013
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I was a programmer for a long time but have been in a management role for >10 years. On a lark I decided to play around with iPhone app development so wanted a leg-up on Objective-C. This book was perfect. The first chapters I was able to skim, as they cover the basic language constructs - data types, string manipulation, basic OO stuff - all I needed here was a refresher and the syntax, but there's plenty here for someone newer to the programming world. About a third of the way in it transitions to more Objective-C specific topics, introducing the reader to some of the key Foundation library classes (NS...). Protocols and Categories were new concepts to me; i had to go through those chapters a couple times. And the fun at the end of using UIKit for a quick & dirty iPhone app gives a great sense of accomplishment & a desire to keep going.

The examples I found to be very well designed. They are simple, but not trivial, using domains most people should be comfortable with. Through the first part of the book one builds a fraction calculator - all the math is given (thank god!), all one needs do is translate algorithm to code. The second part uses an address book. The exercises are designed to have you write code around the particular topic, and include very little "busy work" - code to write that's not directly related.

There's also a decent amount of information about how to use XCode - not a thorough reference, but enough so that a person unfamiliar with the tool can be productive. As a person whose last IDE was Codewrite with SlickEdit installed alongside, using XCode is breathtakingly wonderful - it provides a level of support for the developer that I never imagined was possible. Using it is like coding in a dream.

Whether you're new to programming, wondering if it's like riding a bike, or just need to learn Objective-C - your investment in this book will pay dividends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good approach with easy to follow explanations April 29 2013
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Having decided to learn Objective-C with no object oriented programming experience I found the approach, level of detail and clarity of explanation in this book far better than anything I've come across. It was particularly refreshing to see an approach which doesn't start by saying "learn C" but includes the elements of C necessary for an integrated approach while introducing an object oriented approach from the outset.
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