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Objective-C Programming For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Neal Goldstein
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Book Description

A step-by-step guide to understanding object-oriented programming with Objective-C

As the primary programming language for iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X applications, Objective-C is a reflective, object-oriented language that all programmers must know before creating apps. Assuming no prior programming language experience, this fun-and-friendly book provides you with a solid understanding of Objective-C. Addressing the latest version of Xcode, debugging, code completion, and more, veteran author Neal Goldstein helps you gain a solid foundation of this complex topic, and filters out any unnecessary intricate technical jargon.

  • Assumes no prior knowledge of programming and keeps the tone clear and entertaining
  • Explains complicated topics regarding Objective-C with clarity and in a straightforward-but-fun style that has defined the For Dummies brand for 20 years
  • Features all material completely compliant with the latest standards for Objective-C and Apple programming

Objective-C Programming For Dummies is the ideal beginner book if your objective is to venture into iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS X development for the first time!

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From the Back Cover

Learn how to turn your idea for a great app into a real, robust Objective-C application! Objective-C is the language of apps for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Plain English is the language of this book, making it easy for you to learn how to turn your ideas into amazing apps for Apple devices! Even if you have no programming experience whatsoever, this book gives you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to create honest-to-goodness apps. The starting line — learn how programs work, the tools you need, and what it takes to turn an idea into a functioning program Step by step — start out developing a simple app and build on it as you learn additional features of Objective-C Learn the lingo — master the instruction set and frameworks of Objective-C The object of it all — understand objects, where they originate, and how to extend their behavior Two for one — design your application so you can plug it into user interfaces for both Macs and iOS devices Open the book and find: How computer languages work Directions for downloading and installing the SDK All about variables and operators What objects are and all the things you do with them Secrets of successful debugging Advice on managing memory Steps for adding a user interface Ten tips for being a happy developer Learn to: Create apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and OS X® using object-oriented programming Use Xcode® 4 for debugging and code completion Identify and eliminate errors in your programs Structure applications and use Objective-C syntax

About the Author

Neal Goldstein is a veteran programmer and trusted instructor of iOS programming topics. He is the author of all editions of iPhone Application Development For Dummies. Karl Kowalski is a programmer who specializes in security and mobile apps and author of Mac Application Development For Dummies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4505 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (2 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LQ8F7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start 16 Feb. 2013
By Hawfinch TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is very much a beginner's guide. It won't teach you everything about Objective-C and iPhone programming (not by a long way), but it does a good job of leading you from the basic principles of programming in C (the language on which Objective-C is built), through the fundamentals of Objective-C and the Xcode environment, up to the point of implementing a very simple iOS app in Xcode's iPhone simulator.

This is actually the 3rd book on Objective-C I tried. The other two were "Objective-C Programming - The Big Nerd Ranch Guide" by Aaron Hillegass, and Stephen G Kochan's "Programming in Objective-C". Those are also excellent guides, particularly in the early chapters. However, with both those books, I found the learning curve suddenly got quite steep after the half-way point, as the authors try to tell you everything you MIGHT need to know about the language.

This book more sensibly restricts the flow of information to what you need to know to get a simple app up and running. The learning curve does get a bit hilly in places, but I found it manageable. Having completed the book, I've now moved on to "iOS Programming - The Big Nerd Ranch Guide", which follows on quite nicely where this one leaves off.

One drawback of this book is the lack of exercises at the end of each chapter. There are also some minor errors here and there in the edition I have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good 29 Aug. 2013
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After ready the programming for dummies book, which is mostly conceptual, this book is a great intro into actual coding. The book builds and then you enter in the last few chapters into GUIs and turn the command line code into an app. I feel comfortable with command line code now, but need to carry on with something like ios 6 for dummies to get comfortable as although I got the iPhone/mac app going I realised how little I knew about the GUI side of things.

So great adventure into coding and gives you enough examples to get you going.
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I am a big fan of the 'for Dummies' series of books and I own a great many of them. The 'Objective-C Programming ...' is my latest acquisition and it is essential reading for anyone wanting to develop or understand programs written for the Macintosh operating system.

This 'for Dummies' book is just one amongst many written concerning 'Objective-C' and I chose it mainly for its value-for-money and because the 'for Dummies' books' excellent reputation for depth, range, clarity and presentation style. I have encountered more detailed books concerning the C programming language but they can be difficult to read unless one is a professional programmer. This book strikes the right balance between comprehensiveness and entertainment value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very readable book on a complicated subject 16 Mar. 2014
By ProfTC
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I have several books ob Objective-C but this is far the best introduction as it explains some of the more complex issues in plain english and of course the cartoons are great.
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