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Programming in Objective C

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  287 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"Programming in Objective-C" is a concise, carefully written tutorial on the basics of Objective-C and object-oriented programming. The book makes no assumption about prior experience with object-oriented programming languages or with the C language (upon which Objective-C is based). And because of this, both novice and experienced programmers alike can use this book to qu ...more
Paperback, 556 pages
Published December 8th 2003 by Indianapolis (first published December 7th 1999)
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Mar 11, 2009 Chibimagic rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Objective-C! This book spends half the time talking about the Objective-C language itself and half the time talking about Apple's Foundation framework. The chapters are well organized and concepts are well explained, so you end up with a solid foundation in the language. It's an easy read even with very little programming experience. The book doesn't cover Cocoa or the other higher level frameworks, but you'll be completely ready to pick it up by the time you're done with this book.

I would have
Kochan does a tremendous job of explicating topics in a digestible way. This book best serves as an introduction to Objective-C rather than a complete language reference; it is less concerned with being exhaustive than it is with building a strong foundation.

It is important to note that this text does not strive to teach iOS programming, but merely Objective-C. That said, it does cover the Foundation Framework (one of the 3 frameworks that comprise iOS) fairly extensively.

The author's approach i
Jeff Menter
This book is perhaps the finest book on programming I've ever read.

I started with just a little experience with C ten years ago (and the BASIC and LOGO from childhood) and within hours of picking up the book I had a firm grasp of object oriented programming concepts and was writing and compiling Objective C code.

Highly recommended coupled with Cocoa Programming with Mac OS X by Aaron Hillegass.

Cocoa Programming with Mac OS X focuses on Xcode and the Cocoa frameworks. Programming in Objective C f
If you are a beginner and interested in getting started with Objective-C, buy this book. It is very well written and thought out.
Bhashit Parikh
If you like the way Stephen Kochan write (which I do, I read his Programming In C during my College days, apart from the K & R book), you'll enjoy this book as well.

A very easy to read book that explains all the fundamentals of the language very effectively. When I was new to iPhone development, I read this book and I never had to look back. Combine this book with the Apple documentation and you are on your way to become a pretty self-sufficient iPhone developer.
Joshua Raichur
The book is well organized, and Kochan explains the concepts in a clear way. Especially if you are a beginner, this is the best book to give you a strong foundation with Objective-C.
Chris Westin
If you already know C, then there's a great deal of repetitive material mixed in with the Objective-C additions. And the Objective-C additions aren't really explained, just shown as patterns to use -- I can type them in, and they work, but I don't really know what they're doing under the covers like I do with C/C++. I'd really like to know how properties are treated differently from conventional structure members; this would require more coverage of exactly what effects @dynamic and @synthesize ...more
Bob Fish
Good primer for Objective C
Good: comprehensive for those beginning with programming in general
Bad: lots of repeat material for those with experience in other languages, especially C or C++
Ugly: Lots of really basic stuff makes it boring for experienced programmers,

I mostly just skimmed the book. If you are totally new to programming, this book will be helpful. The chapter on memory management is beneficial, but you can get the same information from online articles.
Good overview of the Objective-C fundamentals. The book introduces the basics of Objective-C and only briefly touches the underlying C concepts (though including blocks), some Foundation classes, Cocoa and Cocoa Touch in a few chapters in the second half of the book.

I think it's okay if you want to get a basic understanding, but it probably isn't that interesting if you've been exposed to Objective-C before.
Ryan Martinsen
Don't know why everyone likes this book so much. Yeah, it covers everything, but the writing is often convoluted.
Carlos Ricardo
Cool for beginners on any programming languages, a lot of "skipped pages" for advanced users...
Jeff Namadan
Good book to learn the basics. Anxious to put this knowledge to good use.
Vivek K
Very good guide to Objective C language
Jesse Shanks
Great book.
Very comprehensive.
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