Objective-C Programming - Aaron Hillegass & Mikey Ward

Objective-C Programming

By Aaron Hillegass & Mikey Ward

  • Release Date: 2013-11-20
  • Genre: Computers
Score: 4.5
From 17 Ratings


Want to write iOS apps or desktop Mac applications? This introduction to programming and the Objective-C language is your first step on the journey from someone who uses apps to someone who writes them.
Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular Objective-C Bootcamp, Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide covers C, Objective-C, and the common programming idioms that enable developers to make the most of Apple technologies. Compatible with Xcode 5, iOS 7, and OS X Mavericks (10.9), this guide features short chapters and an engaging style to keep you motivated and moving forward. At the same time, it encourages you to think critically as a programmer.

Here are some of the topics covered:
Using Xcode, Apple’s documentation, and other toolsProgramming basics: variables, loops, functions, etc.Objects, classes, methods, and messagesPointers, addresses, and memory management with ARCProperties and Key-Value Coding (KVC)Class extensionsCategoriesClasses from the Foundation frameworkBlocksDelegation, target-action, and notification design patternsKey-Value Observing (KVO)Runtime basics


  • A Nice Intro

    By kkirkhoff
    I came into this endeavor (to learn iOS development in a casual, relaxed, non-work environment) with 30 years of programming experience with C, OpenGL, PHP, and just a hint of C++. This book and the Big Nerd Ranch series is highly regarded. That's bad for me because most times I expect to be blown away and I usually never am. This was no exception. While I did enjoy the casual presentation and the nice introduction to Objective-C without immediately jumping into iOS or Cocoa development, it still seemed a bit like a textbook. The projects were very simple and straightforward terminal apps. I think only one or two projects dealt with an iOS and then a Cocoa app. The last section was on Advanced Objective-C. Good stuff, but too overwhelming for a newbie Objective-C guy like me. It was still a good book and I plan to start on their iOS Programming book when I finish this review. I was hoping for a lighter more casual book like the Head Start or Head First series from O'Reilly. To be fair, I should (and probably will) read Programming In Objective-C by Kochan, which is considered the Objective-C "bible". I did give it 4 stars because I thought it was good although I was hoping for something more casual and light.
  • Winning Pedagogy!

    By PneumaPilot
    This books is written by folks who know how to teach others about programming in Objective-C, and it really shows! The book is a delight to read, well paced, and brimming with fantastic content. Thank you for this! I love the challenges!