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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 5 edition (Dec 4 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032188728X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321887283
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thomas on July 18 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elginblatherford on June 28 2013
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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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By Gregory J. Parton on 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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By whpjy1523 on 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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Struggled with other books, but this book starts at 0 which is the best way to learn any language imo. Jan. 16 2013
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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
new to programming altogether- awesome book! Jan. 19 2013
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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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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.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great beginner's book for objective-c Jan. 12 2013
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I bought this book last December 2012 and I have to say that the way that it was written was well thought of. I had no previous knowledge of objective c but after a few chapters, I feel competent enough to understand and write simple but useful programs in xcode. I needed to do some research on a few exercise problems but most of them were thorougly covered by the book. I'd recommend to anyone starting off to learn objective-c.