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Programming in Objective-C (5th Edition) (Developer’s Library)

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

Table of Contents

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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  1. Darek Senkow says:

    Struggled with other books, but this book starts at 0 which is the best way to learn any language imo. 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!

  2. irishetcher says:

    Just the right balance After reading several other books on objective oriented programming in the last year, this text book strikes the right balance for those of us how are new to this business and are just getting to grips with all the complex concepts of this area of IT. The author gives good clear descriptions for each topic discussed in the chapters and is good enough to instruct the reader to review paragraphs where he strays into the zone of strange computer science theory. The exercises have the right level of head wreck complexity but the student is always enticed enough to rise to the challenge.

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