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Xcode Primer - Starting Objective-C by [Smith, Nick]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6536 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: AppSmith Books DK; 1 edition (28 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008711ZCG
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x998da45c) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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HASH(0x995ad78c) out of 5 stars Great Introductory Book 5 Oct. 2012
By Peter Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
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The author does a great job taking your hand and walking you through Objective-C concepts by using clear explanations and sufficient code examples. For people like me who have only tinkered with programming and are looking for something to help understand Objective-C at a not-too-slow, not-too-fast pace, this is the book to start with. My only complaint is the occasional spelling or grammatical mistake, but they don't take away from the functionality or flow of the book.

I'm looking forward to the next one in the series!
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HASH(0x99445504) out of 5 stars excellent intro 11 Oct. 2013
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a coder for 25 years using languages such as C,C++, C# and even Java. This book was a great start for me since it slowly stepped through the language and syntax that goes behind the GUI. I'm moving on to the next book with high expectations after finishing this one. Highly recommended for someone who knows C/C++ and is just starting out programming objective C
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HASH(0x99445408) out of 5 stars Learn the basics to get you going 14 Mar. 2013
By William Ramsay - Published on Amazon.com
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Objective-C is not the easiest language to learn. That is especially true if you try to teach C (on which is it based) and Object Oriented Programming at the same time, which another well regarded book I tried did. This series has another ebook to teach you c and does't get into the tangle of OOP any more than necessary. As a result, it teaches you quickly the things you need to know to get going with the language. No one is going to become an expert in a language by reading a few books. You learn by doing. And what a book should do is start you doing. This does it in spades. Very good into to the language.
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HASH(0x9aec1c48) out of 5 stars Beginning obj c 8 April 2013
By Akua - Published on Amazon.com
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The best book I have come across so far for learning intro to obj c and I have read several. For once, doesn't speak in computer-eese! Simple plain English and great examples of usable code, not hello world apps. Strongly recommend this book and have bought all the others in the series. Wish he would offer online course as I would definitely register. The book should be titled IOS programming demystified. Awesome!!
By Mike From Mesa - Published on Amazon.com
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Books like this, which attempt to teach the basics of a new language, must be difficult to write. The author never really knows if the reader is new to programming (and so requires pretty basic stuff) or an experienced programmer trying to learn a new language (and hence does not need basic stuff).

This book is aimed at the former rather than the latter and, as such, is full of really basic information. I have been writing code for a long time in a variety of computer languages so it was both too basic and did not spread a wide enough net to cover all of the information I would have liked. Still it did provide enough information for me to grasp the basic differences and similarities of objective-c when compared to other languages and to proceed other documentation. As such it was probably worth the time and the money.

A bit of a warning - this book is written for XCode 4.X and, since the latest version is 5.X, it needs to be updated to be a bit more helpful. There is not much difference but enough to notice. Still, at only $6 for the Kindle version (I don't think a print version is available) it is a good buy and what information is given appears to be correct. I found no mistakes (other than the version being old) and that is a net positive. On the other hand I would have liked to see some pretty basic questions answered.

How can you read a single line from a text file rather than the whole file? Apparently you cannot, but it would have been nice for the author to say so specifically. How do you raise and catch exceptions? No information is provided. How are list objects used? No information is provided. And, for me, the biggest question. How can a user provide command-line arguments in XCode when debugging? There is a section on debugging but no information about configuring the IDE to provide values for argc and argv. A bit frustrating for an experienced software engineer trying to learn about XCode and objective c.
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