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From the Back Cover
Programming in Objective-C, Fifth Edition
Updated for OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6, and Xcode 4.5
Objective-C has become the standard programming language for application development on the iOS and OS X platforms. A powerful yet simple object-oriented programming language that’s based on C, Objective-C is widely available not only on Apple platforms but across many operating systems, including Linux, Unix, and Windows.
Programming in Objective-C provides the new programmer a complete, step-by-step introduction to the Objective-C language. The book does not assume previous experience with either C or object-oriented programming languages, and it includes many detailed, practical examples of how to put Objective-C to use in your everyday programming needs.
The fifth edition of this book has been updated to cover the new features in Objective-C programming introduced with Xcode 4.4 (OS X Mountain Lion) and Xcode 4.5 (iOS 6). It also includes coverage of Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) and shows how to take advantage of the Foundation framework's rich built-in library of classes and provides an introduction to iOS programming.
About the Author
Stephen Kochan is the author and coauthor of several bestselling titles on the C language, including Programming in C (Sams, 2004), Programming in ANSI C (Sams, 1994), and Topics in C Programming (Wiley, 1991), and several UNIX titles, including Exploring the Unix System (Sams, 1992) and Unix Shell Programming (Sams, 2003). He has been programming on Macintosh computers since the introduction of the first Mac in 1984, and he wrote Programming C for the Mac as part of the Apple Press Library. In 2003, Kochan wrote Programming in Objective-C (Sams, 2003), and followed that with another Mac-related title, Beginning AppleScript (Wiley, 2004).
Top customer reviews
Please consider updating this however if publisher or author read this. I'd really love an updated version of this text for iOS 10/11
I'm a university student and I have been learning HTML, CSS and PHP, which are interesting enough, but I wanted
to learn something more appealing to me. Objective-C is the answer. Objective-C is the programming language for
programming software on Apple products such as the Macbook, iPad & iPhone. All you need is a Macbook and
a lot of spare time to learn.
Stephen G. Kochan treats you like you've never programmed before - which isn't condescending, on
the contrary - it's incredibly well written. I am on chapter 3 and as a 'newbie' to programming, I am already
writing very simple programs in Objective-C using arguments, variables and many more techniques that
Stephen introduces to you as you read through the chapter. Stephen also lets you know from the offset
that it's not vital that you've programmed before. Objective-C can be your FIRST programming language.
Each chapter seems to end with a few exercises that help you discover if you really understand the
material. Overall, I really am finding it to be an excellent guide into the world of Objective-C. I recommend
this book for anyone wanting to learn Objective-C, complete beginner or intermediate. It's clear that
Stephen Kochan knows his stuff and it comes across in the book. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't
understand it well enough." That's what Albert Einstein said. It's true. Kochan does understand objective-c
and with this book, you will too.
Firstly, this book is VERY dry and it's quite hard graft plugging through it. There are lots of code examples but each one builds a tiny bit on the previous, with far too much padding before the next example.
I think learning some basic C is key before plunging into objects, yet this starts in the middle.
The explanations are verbose and sometimes confusing - and sometimes the author starts at the end. For instance, the chapter on pointers only tells you what a pointer is after several pages - why not state this at the very beginning!!! You learn to dereference pointers etc before you even learn the very key essence of pointers, that they simply hold an address. Other texts and internet resources do this far better and in half the space. The chapter on Copying Objects - very confusingly - tells you all the deficiencies of the NSCopy methods, in a very beat-around-the-bush way but doesn't tell you what to really do until a later chapter.
It's not a terrible book, but I bought the Big Nerd Ranch Obj-C Guide after this and many things that weren't clear suddenly made themselves so. OOP broken down into really concise chunks. Maybe just a personal preference, but those books really get to the nub of why things are the way they are, without the waffle. If you're starting out, I'd suggest comparing the 2 and seeing which you prefer.
There is also a website, classroom.com which you can use for your learning process.
as a separate subject:
Here is my view about Kindle, the version of the book that I purchased.
Here is what you get or do not get with Kindle.
-You cannot print anything from it ( this is technical book and we need to get printout of some page)
-You cannot cut and paste. e.g if there is a code there and you want to cut and paste into your IDE, or if you want to put some text on your notepad; it does not have any option for it
-It appears that you do not own the (kindle)book if you buy Kindle version, you are sort of renting it.
However there are many positive aspects of Kindle, like... when you read the book from different media, it can take you to the last page you read.
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This is stupid that you can't read a book about objective-c on a mac, I also have no option to...Read more
If I have a grumble, it's that the teaching programs and exercises often make vague references to previous programs / exercises.Read more