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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (25 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430228326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430228325
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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You have a great idea for an app, but how do you bring it to fruition? Objective-C is the universal language of iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, and this book starts you on the path to mastering this language and its latest release, and also addresses how to mix Swift with Objective-C.

Using a hands-on approach, you'll learn how to think in programming terms, how to use Objective-C to construct program logic, and how to synthesize it all into working apps. Gary Bennett, an experienced app developer and trainer, will guide you on your journey to becoming a successful app developer. If you're looking to take the first step towards App Store success, Objective-C for Absolute Beginners, Third edition is the place to start.

Readers will be treated to the following and much more:

  • The fundamentals of computer programming: how to understand variables, design data structures, and work with file systems
  • The logic of object-oriented programming: how to use Classes, Objects, and Methods
  • The flexibility of Apple’s developer tools: how to install Xcode and write programs in Objective-C
  • How to make OS X applications or iOS apps that do cool stuff
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gary Bennett is president of xcelMe.com. xcelMe teaches iPhone/iPad programming courses online. Gary has taught hundreds of students how to develop iPhone/iPad apps, and has several very popular apps on the iTunes App Store. Gary's students have some of the best-selling apps on the iTunes App Store. Gary also worked for 25 years in the technology and defense industries. He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer aboard two nuclear submarines. After leaving the Navy, Gary worked for several companies as a software developer, chief information officer, and resident. As CIO, he helped take VistaCare public in 2002. Gary also co-authored iPhone Cool Projects for Apress. Gary lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Stefanie, and their four children.

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The book feels rushed... There are many mistakes; The example code in the book is sometimes wrong, so following the instructions will give you errors. You can of corse download the correct code from the web site but with added lines which are not explained. This adds to the confusion.

There are many typography and sentence errors too - though you can understand them and they do not effect the learning... but it ruins it for me a little.

I like this book... stick with it... read a bunch of chapters, then go back and read it again.

As an alternative check out "Learn C on the Mac" and "Learn Objective-C on the Mac" (both Apress). Though the journey may seem to take you longer, and it's a little more expensive...but you get such a better understanding of programming on the Mac. They were well written, light hearted guides to coding.
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There are so many missed opportunities in this book.

Agree with other reviewers it is a chaotic mess of chapters often out of sequence. I too could not find the NSMutableDictionary reference in Ch6 and it now appears in ch 8. Hexadecimal is just thrown in the middle of a chapter and not used again. Xcode is repeatedly explained for the beginner after being expected to use it without explanation in earlier chapters

The first half of the book is wasted on learning ALICE a simple program to learn OOP. I skipped over that. For a while I thought yes this is really readable and repeats key concepts but everything is confusingly out of place. Often chapters repeat entire concepts. Having 3 authors I think has caused all 3 to write independently and the editors have just thrown this all together.

I can see how this book could be rewritten and actually be very good.

For the complete beginner I recommend Learn C on the mac (a fantastic book) then one of the other obj C texts mentioned elsewhere.

If this was any other sort of commodity I would be asking for my money back.
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It started of okay, then seemed to repeat itself, then go back to the beginning and then descended into a disorganised mess.

There are numerous errors in the text, for example references to code examples are wrong. There are internal references to previous chapters that are wrong, e.g. on page 131, "if you can't remember the details of NSMutableDictionary from Chapter 6", when Chapter 6 didn't even mention NSMutableDictionary - poor proof reading.

Why can't the publishers give the book to someone to work through !!

Rushed out to meet a wave of demand for iPhone/iPad developers. Poorly done.
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This book has been really poorly put together, chapters all over the place. Its like the author has written the book with no structure in mind. Just wrote a load of chapters in random order then slapped them all together. You write a load of objective-c with x-code, then 5 chapters in it "writing your first program in x-code" followed by a chapter called, "The basics of programming in Objective-C. Its just all over the place. This book really frustrated me, jumping back and forward. The only good thing i will say about this book is the way it describes how to attack a programming problem on paper first etc.

I've bought a lot of books now on Objective-C, 5 infact, and the one that really nailed it for me is "Programming in Objective-C 2.0" by Stephen Kochan.

Don't waste your time and money with this book, Go for the Stephen Kochan book, I'm not a programmer but its the book I keep going back to and is really the book that has helped me the most.
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