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Effective Objective-C 2.0: 52 Specific Ways to Improve Your iOS and OS X Programs (Effective Software Development Series)

Write Truly Great iOS and OS X Code with Objective-C 2.0!


Effective Objective-C 2.0 will help you harness all of Objective-C’s expressive power to write OS X or iOS code that works superbly well in production environments. Using the concise, scenario-driven style pioneered in Scott Meyers’ best-selling Effective C++, Matt Galloway brings together 52 Objective-C best practices, tips, shortcuts, and realistic code examples that are available nowhere else.


Through real-world examples, Galloway uncovers little-known Objective-C quirks, pitfalls, and intricacies that powerfully impact code behavior and performance. You’ll learn how to choose the most efficient and effective way to accomplish key tasks when multiple options exist, and how to write code that’s easier to understand, maintain, and improve. Galloway goes far beyond the core language, helping you integrate and leverage key Foundation framework classes and modern system libraries, such as Grand Central Dispatch.


Coverage includes

  • Optimizing interactions and relationships between Objective-C objects
  • Mastering interface and API design: writing classes that feel “right at home”
  • Using protocols and categories to write maintainable, bug-resistant code
  • Avoiding memory leaks that can still occur even with Automatic Reference Counting (ARC)
  • Writing modular, powerful code with Blocks and Grand Central Dispatch
  • Leveraging differences between Objective-C protocols and multiple inheritance in other languages
  • Improving code by more effectively using arrays, dictionaries, and sets
  • Uncovering surprising power in the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks

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  1. M. V. Volgin says:

    forewarned is forearmed the main challenge with objc/cocoa is that there are many different ways of doing things, none of them easy, and you often get to see the repercussions of your choices only much later when things are difficult to changethis book warns the reader about typical pitfalls and possible long-term repercussions and the cumulative effect of the the choices made far in advance, and thus saves plenty of time and effortone of the few exceptionally worthy books on the subject of objc/cocoa, highly recommended

  2. Goodbye Helicopter says:

    Seems mostly accurate but Doesn’t live up to the standard of some of the other books bearing this title pattern. Mostly accurate, but nothing so far makes the wow come out. Decent read.

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