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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (29 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596004230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596004231
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Objective-C Pocket Reference provides a quick and concise introduction to Objective-C for programmers already familiar with either C or C++, and will continue to serve as a handy reference even after the language is mastered. In addition to covering the essentials of Objective-C syntax, it also covers important facets of the language such as memory management, the Objective-C runtime, dynamic loading, distributed objects, and exception handling.

About the Author

Andrew M. Duncan started programming in FORTRAN on Control Data 6600 hardware in 1974, and a quarter century later progressed to Mac OS X. He holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and a Masters in mathematics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is now on leave from doctoral work on compilers at UC Santa Barbara. He currently works at Expertcity, designing the core class libraries.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. MACLAREN on 11 Nov 2009
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No-one likes spending any longer than necessary reading technical books. We read these books because (we hope!) they are condensed instruction manuals, so after reading them, we know what to do, and can get on with it.

This book achieves exactly that: it is compact and concise. It introduces what may be new concepts without any fanfares... it just states - very clearly - what the different parts of the language, and the Objective-C run-time (Cocoa or Cocoa Touch, for the iPhone and iPod touch), do.

You will have to pay attention to the text in this book. There are very few diagrams, (although the examples of interfaces and implementations are neatly explained in Objective-C). If you come from a C, Java or C++ background, most of the verbal descriptions will be easy to comprehend. You may have to re-read some paragraphs, because there is so much information contained in this book, but re-reading should clarify the subject(s) for you. Duncan's writing style is fluid, accurate and not too dry - a welcome relief!

Get this great value book if you need to learn Objective-C and already know C/C++ and don't want a "Dummy-style" explanation.

One of the best O'Reilly books I have ever bought.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hopkins on 11 April 2009
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Does exactly what it suggests - gives a clear and concise reference to all the important aspects of Objective-C as a superset of C. For anyone with good C knowledge, this combined with the Apple & GNUstep documentation on the web will be all you need to take advantage of this delightful object-oriented paradigm which balances the speed & generality of C with a simple set of extensions which provide very significant power, much closer to the 'true' Smalltalk object model than the theoretically efficient but often infuriatingly obtuse mixed type/generic/object model of C++ which can become a nightmare to develop in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Satsumo Polygonal on 19 Oct 2011
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Like many people who will buy this book, I recently started developing for Apple platforms. After years of coding in C/C++ moving to Objective-C is something of a challenge. I found the Apple documentation of Objective-C overblown and tedious to read (a whole page explaining why you would program with objects for example). This book was exactly what I wanted, a small, concise, no frills guide to Objective-C. A book where you can find information quickly, without wading for pages of waffle about how the author likes to program. It sits on my desk as I write and I use it most days. It's not a guide for beginners, it won't tell you how to program for Mac, iPhone or iPad (or anything else). However, if you don't want your hand held, and you're comfortable using the OS documentation, this book provides all the information you need to program effectively in Objective-C.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 23 Jun 2011
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As a pocket reference, the book accomplishes this task very well. It's a very small book (in terms of length and size) and all the information is concise and quick to read. With a background in C you could learn Objective C from this book but it still wouldn't be a bad idea to get a more in depth book on Objective C. The unfortunate problem with this book is it's filled with typographical errors and incorrect code. Silly errors that should have been picked up by the editor like declaring a method as returning nothing when it actually returns an integer or incorrectly spelling method names. Even things like getting the line numbering wrong. In addition, the author makes some strange choices in naming, like calling Instance Variables, Fields when instance variables is the commonly accepted terminology. It's also important to note that this book is old. It doesn't cover any of the new features of Objective C 2.0 so you'll have to search the internet for information on that. Fortunately Objective C 2.0 isn't radically different so most of the (correct) information is still valid.

Make no mistake, this is a handy book but the numerous errors in it (from the very start of the book) really dampen the experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Thomas on 2 Mar 2011
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First off, the content itself is exactly what I wanted: a text that assumes a good working knowledge of C and either Java or some other OOP language.

Unfortunatley, whilst having this on a Kindle is for the most part very nice and I`m sure will prove useful, typographical errors in code examples tarnish the experience. Something I expect from a volunteer-OCR job, not something I just paid for.
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