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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for an absolute beginner, 2 May 2014
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This review is from: Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) (Paperback)
I've been a COBOL programmer and wanted to have a look at programing apps. I've not completed the book yet but so far it has been very good. It walks you through the programing process and also give you additional tasks for many of the subjects being presented. As I already had a programing background I found the book useful in getting to grips with Objective-C. The style isn't too sterile and you feel that your being tutored rather than lectured to.

Certainly worth considering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 Feb 2014
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While a reasonably experienced programmer, various Assembly Language instruction sets, a bit of perl, C, etc, I have very little working knowledge of Class based languages.

I am looking to branch into Mac programming so was looking for a book that demonstrated the syntax and usage of Objective-C without assuming the reader was a complete novice to programming.

Yes, you do need a working knowledge of programming to get the best of the contents, but the book is nicely structured, new topics are introduced by building on the previous topics and examples. The examples in the book are nice and short so you feel more inclined to type them in rather than downloading the code from a web site.

In short, a excellent book that complements their Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great info, 12 Jun 2014
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Like all the other Big Nerd Ranch guides, you won't be disappointed. A lot of information, the right way !
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good book !, 11 April 2014
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Mmmm very good book. Walks you step-by-step. Starts teaching C then ventures into OC. Explains almost every detail. Just get it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but for absolute beginners, 13 Mar 2014
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I bought this book before starting their iOS book. I already knew Java beforehand but had never used Objective-C (or C/C++). Perhaps because the syntax is so similar to Java, I found this book a bit simple. It assumes NO knowledge of programming or OO at all. It will take you through Strings, Arrays etc.

Having said that, if you want to start programming for phones & have no experience of programming at all, this book or a similar book for Java (if you want to make Android apps) would be an excellent starting point. It is clearly written, explains everything well and covers all the stuff you'll need to start making simple tools. Note that you do not make many (only 1) actual iPhone app (and a very simple one to boot!) - that is a topic for the next book in the series - 'iOS programming'.

So what do you do? make command line tools that print stuff to the console. WAKE UP! yes it sounds boring but it's where all programmers start and you can plough through this book in a week or two and get onto making real apps. Think of it as a painful ordeal all wannabe programmers have to complete! On the plus side, you won't ever have to go this basic again - even for new languages (unless you're me and buy this book by mistake!).

So ONLY buy this book if you're looking to get into programming from scratch. If you know some other OO language it is not necessary - just complete a basic online tutorial for objective-c and go straight to the excellent iOS Big Nerd Ranch book which assumes very very little knowledge of objective-c just a bit of syntax & what OO is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, informative read., 28 Jan 2014
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Reads like a book.
Great style.
Looks great on monochrome kindle.
First stop on the journey to my million dollar game ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the future with this book....., 29 April 2014
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......as an aging programmer. mainly COBOL and other early languages, who is retires I thought I would retrain in the more modern programming stuff. I have a grandson on his way up so I feel I need to know about this kind of thing.

The book is an easy read. Each of the exercises work and make sense.

I like what I have done so far and find it takes me along at a pace that makes sense to me. Good book. Recommended.
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