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Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

Paperback Big Nerd Ranch Guides

By (author) Aaron Hillegass, By (author) Mark Fenoglio

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  • Publisher: Big Nerd Ranch Guides
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 249mm x 23mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Indianapolis
  • ISBN 10: 0321706285
  • ISBN 13: 9780321706287
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 104,389

Product description

Want to write applications for iOS or the Mac? This introduction to programming and the Objective-C language is the first step on your journey from someone who uses apps to someone who writes them. Based on Big Nerd Ranch's legendary Objective-C Bootcamp,'this book covers C, Objective-C, and the common programming idioms that enable developers to make the most of Apple technologies. This is the only introductory-level book written by Aaron Hillegass, one of the most experienced and authoritative voices in the iOS and Cocoa community. Compatible with Xcode 4.2, iOS 5, and Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), this guide features short chapters and engaging style to keep you motivated and moving forward. At the same time, Aaron's determination that you understand what you're doing-or at least why you're doing it-encourages you to think critically as a programmer.

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Aaron Hillegass, a former employee at NeXT and Apple, has nearly two decades experience programming and teaching Objective-C, Cocoa, and, more recently, iOS. Aaron is the author of Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X and co-author of iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide. Both best-sellers, these books have helped many people develop and enhance their programming skills. In 2001, Aaron founded Big Nerd Ranch and began developing intensive courses that teach programming in a focused, distraction-free environment. He is currently working on site plans and blueprints for the new Ranch to be located in Atlanta, GA. Big Nerd Ranch is a unique software engineering and training company where monastic principles drive technological development. Since 2001, the company has been helping students master programming languages through public enrollment bootcamps, private corporate on-site training, and a growing roster of programming books. Big Nerd Ranch offers consultative services to a broad array of clients, shaping their mobile strategies and developing fresh and engaging mobile and desktop applications.

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Want to write applications for iOS or the Mac? This introduction to programming and the Objective-C language is the first step on your journey from someone who uses apps to someone who writes them. Based on Big Nerd Ranch's legendary Objective-C Bootcamp, this book covers C, Objective-C, and the common programming idioms that enable developers to make the most of Apple technologies. This is the only introductory-level book written by Aaron Hillegass, one of the most experienced and authoritative voices in the iOS and Cocoa community. Compatible with Xcode 4.2, iOS 5, and Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), this guide features short chapters and engaging style to keep you motivated and moving forward. At the same time, Aaron's determination that you understand what you're doing--or at least why you're doing it--encourages you to think critically as a programmer. Here are some of the topics covered: Programming basics: variables, loops, functions, etc.Objects, classes, methods, and messagesPointers, addresses, and memory managementUsing Xcode, Apple's documentation, and other toolsClasses from the Foundation frameworkARC and retain cyclesPropertiesBlocksCategoriesDelegation, target-action, and notification design patterns

Table of contents

Part I: Getting Started 1. You and This Book 2. Your First Program Part II: How Programming Works 3. Variables and Types 4. if/else 5. Functions 6. Numbers 7. Loops 8. Addresses and Pointers 9. Pass By Reference 10. Structs 11. The Heap Part III: Objective-C and Foundation 12. Objects 13. More Messages 14. NSString 15. NSArray 16. Developer Documentation 17. Your First Class 18. Inheritance 19. Object Instance Variables 20. Preventing Memory Leaks 21. Collection Classes 22. Constants 23. Writing Files with NSString and NSData 24. Callbacks 25. Protocols 26. Property Lists Part IV: Event-Driven Applications 27. Your First iOS Application 28. Your First Cocoa Application Part V: Advanced Objective-C 29. init 30. Properties 31. Categories 32. Blocks Part VI: Advanced C 33. Bitwise Operations 34. C Strings 35. C Arrays 36. Command-Line Arguments 37. Switch Statements