Your favorite Cocoa book?
We sort of touched on this over in OSX Hardcore, but I’d love to hear reactions to any of the Cocoa books/Online Tutorials out there. I’m lusting after the legendary ease of UI design, but, well, I just haven’t had the time or a project to work toward.
So, what books do you like?
All statements are to be taken with a grain of salt
I’ve been working my way through ‘Cocoa Programming with Mac OS X’. The author claims that with a background in C and some understanding of how OOP works, you can get Objective-C.
So far, he’s right. I like his teaching style—you go through sample projects in each chapter, diving right in and he gives you the play-by-play of what you’re doing (and why) as you go along. I even learned how to use the debugger in Project Builder when I fat-fingered a declaration.
Prior to this, I was mainly using the CLI stuff- gcc, perl, python, shell. I don’t have a lot of experience with a GUI IDE (I’m an old UNIX fart) but this book is really capturing my interest and making for a nice intro to that world.
Very high recommendations on this one.
Yes, I also strongly recommend “Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X”. Thanks to it, I already know enough about Cocoa and Objective C to be able to write a program that shows a penguin-shaped window who says a random quote from “The Family Circus” every time you click on him!
As I posted somewhere else in TMO Forums, I’ve been skimming my way through O’Reilly’s Learning Cocoa. Since it was the only one available in my local bookshop I didn’t have much choice.
Nevertheless it’s pretty good - I’ve managed by typing the code in by hand (I also have the down-loaded examples, but I wanted to be sure) to get virtually everything to work up until the last two examples. Any mistakes are almost certainly my own…
Cost was a bit steep though, at $NZ119…
Laurie Fleming - the singing geek