Founder and CEO of Big Nerd Ranch with nearly two decades of experience programming and teaching Objective-C, Cocoa and iOS app development. Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X has ratings and 32 reviews. Philip said: Ok lets be clear here. I’m the worlds worst programmer! my brain is not wired. Cocoa Programming for OS X has 40 ratings and 5 reviews. Paul said: Back in there was very by. Aaron Hillegass (Goodreads Author),. Adam Preble.

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Got the 2nd edition. However, if you are an intermediate or advanced Cocoa programmer this probably won’t help very much.

Programminy going through the examples, note that the aarron of Swift in the book is Swift 1, which is fairly different from existing version of Swift and I would billegass learning Swift from another resource if you want to follow along since their code needs reinterpreting to the current version of Swift, especially if you haven’t used Swift beforethat built-in classes in Cocoa may have changed their names though Xcode may help you with this depending on what version you useand that you may need to add ” objc” attributes to some properties and functions for compatibility e.

Looking for beautiful books? This edition was written for Xcode 6. In June, it will be time to upgrade to a new version for Leopard.

My friend Chris Cunningham from Apple recommended this book as an intro to programming for the Mac Operating System and the iphone.


Cocoa Programming for OS X : The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Aaron illustrates his explanations with exemplary code, written in the idioms of the Cocoa community, to show you how Mac programs should be written.

You need have an understanding of object oriented programming and some about Objective-C to begin with so if you don’t know that, read Steve Kochan’s “Programming in Objective-C”, an excellent companion volume to this.

This book tried to teach Cocoa, Objective-C, and Xcode at the same time and failed pretty miserably. Pete Richardson rated it it was amazing Jun 29, Would you like to tell hillegsas about a lower aarin It assumed some competence on Mac OS usage and culture. The authors introduce the two most commonly used Mac developer aaroj This one is not really crap; it is just a sad omission in the Objective-C 2 language.

Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X by Aaron Hillegass

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. I would also recommend this book to iPhone developers new to Cocoa. This book is written for programmers who already know some C programming and something about objects. Caffeine is not a substitute for sleep.

I would not recommend this book to a beginner or non-programmer.

Xcode, Interface Builder, and Instruments. This third edition includes technologies introduced in Mac OS X Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive?

Share your thoughts with other customers. The Kindle version of this book cocow virtually unusable. Oct 21, Colin rated it it was amazing. This is really a great book on Cocoa Programming and Xcode. The go-to book for Cocoa and Objective C. Book ratings by Goodreads. And you will know enough to write your own stylish code. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.


If you like books and hillegss to build cool products, we may be looking for you. After reading this book, you will know enough to understand and utilize Apple’s online documentation for your own unique needs.

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Jan 24, Frank rated it liked it. I was expecting a flood of submissions, but only received five. Big Nerd Ranch was founded on the idea that developers learn best when immersed in a distraction-free environment.

I was hoping for a deeper dive into the API.

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Robert D ODonnel rated it really liked it Nov 20, These two problems really take away from the utility of this book. Click here to download PagePacker. I read the first edition, and IMHO just because he has been programming for Cocoa since NextStep does not make him a good or interesting author.

Highly recommended; it does need to be updated to latest Swift version and seems to be removed from Big Nerd Ranch book list – update to latest swift language seems unlikely which is a shame since Cocoa based programming books are few and far between.

Some concepts though covered are left under explained like MVC and delegates.