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Learn Cocoa on the Mac

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  • 1. Updates a good well reviewed first edition, Learn Cocoa on the Mac to include latest OS X Mountain Lion coverage.

  • Jack Nutting, Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche are also the authors of the best selling Beginning iOS 5 Development from Apress.

  • Apple related tech like Cocoa, iOS, Mac are key tech and book markets.

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 1-4
  3. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 5-25
  4. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 27-45
  5. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 47-65
  6. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 67-101
  7. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 103-124
  8. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 125-151
  9. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 153-188
  10. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 189-208
  11. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 209-223
  12. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 225-252
  13. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 253-269
  14. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 271-293
  15. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 295-314
  16. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 315-340
  17. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 341-356
  18. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 357-374
  19. Jack Nutting, Peter Clark
    Pages 375-387
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 389-398

About this book

Introduction

The Cocoa frameworks are some of the most powerful for creating native OS X apps available today. However, for a first-time Mac developer, just firing up Xcode 4 and starting to browse the documentation can be a daunting and frustrating task. The Objective-C class reference documentation alone would fill thousands of printed pages, not to mention all the other tutorials and guides included with Xcode. Where do you start? Which classes are you going to need to use? How do you use Xcode and the rest of the tools?

Learn Cocoa for the Mac, Second Edition, completely revised for OS X Mountain Lion and XCode 4, answers these questions and more, helping you find your way through the jungle of classes, tools, and new concepts so that you can get started on the next great OS X app today. Jack Nutting and Peter Clark are your guides through this forest; Jack and Peter have lived here for years, and will show you which boulder to push, which vine to chop, and which stream to float across in order to make it through. You will learn not only how to use the components of this rich framework, but also which of them fit together, and why.

Jack Nutting’s approach, combining pragmatic problem-solving with a deep respect for the underlying design philosophies contained within Cocoa, stems from years of experience using these frameworks. Peter Clark will show you which parts of your app require you to jump in and code a solution, and which parts are best served by letting Cocoa take you where it wants you to go. The path over what looks like a mountain of components and APIs has never been more thoroughly prepared for your travels. In each chapter, you’ll build an app that explores one or more areas of the Cocoa landscape. With Jack’s and Peter's guidance, the steep learning curve becomes a pleasurable adventure. There is still much work for the uninitiated, but by the time you’re done, you will be well on your way to becoming a Cocoa master.

About the authors

Jack Nutting has been using Cocoa since the olden days, long before it was even called Cocoa. He has used Cocoa and its predecessors to develop software for a wide range of industries and applications, including gaming, graphic design, online digital distribution, telecommunications, finance, publishing, and travel. When he is not working on Mac or iOS projects, he is developing web applications with Ruby on Rails. Nutting is a passionate proponent of Objective-C and the Cocoa frameworks. At the drop of a hat, he will speak at length on the virtues of dynamic dispatch and run time class manipulations to anyone who will listen (and even to some who won t). Nutting is the primary author of Learn Cocoa on the Mac (Apress, 2010) and Beginning iPad Development for iPhone Developers (Apress, 2010). He blogs from time to time at Nuthole.com.

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