- Paperback: 552 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 6 edition (24 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321967607
- ISBN-13: 978-0321967602
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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).
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
If I have a grumble, it's that the teaching programs and exercises often make vague references to previous programs / exercises. Possibly stating "Add 'this' to 'such or such a program' " without making it clear WHICH program - just the chapter - if that. This means that you need to search through possibly dozens of programs to find the one to work on. It would make the relevant programs far easier to find if the text had read "Make a copy of Program "xxx" in Mac OS and add / make the following modification(s)".
No solutions to exercises - that I've found. May be some on the web, but don't know.
Other than that, so far so good - I'm still working through the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very well organised and explained with great attention to details. Highly recommended for beginners and intermediate programmers.Published 6 months ago by Fabio Acri
I can't read this book because it's incompatible with my device...?
This is stupid that you can't read a book about objective-c on a mac, I also have no option to return... Read more
the best part is, that it is a quick read. I'm nearly finished and I have understood everything.Published 21 months ago by Jawaad Saleem
Cannot read it on my mac's kindle reader app - it says its an incompatible format.Published on 19 Oct. 2014 by Vijay Tenneti
I thought I could pick this language up easily after doing some 'C' programming a few years ago but, this is so different and as yet I haven't picked up the relevance of it all,... Read morePublished on 19 April 2014 by Triagonal Man
I ordered this for my son to use with his mac and he is very pleased with it, it also arrived early.Published on 20 Jan. 2014 by ALAN SHORT
Hardly much help. There's a lot it doesn't tell you how to do and puts more code in front of you than a beginner can handlePublished on 26 Oct. 2013 by B L D
As a beginner to this language this book walked me through the basics in a rational manner. The subject is covered in depth with many examples of use.Published on 8 Aug. 2013 by James Kirk