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Cocoa Design Patterns (Developer's Library)

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Cocoa Design Patterns Explaining the object-oriented design patterns found in Apple's Cocoa frameworks, this book supplies insight into the design and rationale of Cocoa. With that insight, professionals will be able to effectively re-use the tried-and-true patterns in their own software. Full description
Paperback, 456 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Addison Wesley
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Oct 27, 2009 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any developers that are new to the Cocoa platform
This book bills itself as a Cocoa-equivalent to the origin "Design Patterns" book. While you can read it that way, I found it most rewarding when looking for answers as to why things are the way they are in Cocoa. This was closer to what I was hoping for—less of a classic patterns book, more of a guide to Cocoa idioms and the rationale behind them.

My copy was completely dog-eared and full of notes in the two weeks it took me to read this. For an experienced developer coming to Cocoa or Cocoa Tou...more
Let me just start by saying that mine is an unfair rating for this book. The description is accurate and I couldn't fault the author's style or delivery. I also judge without finishing it, I stopped reading half way in.

However, "barely two starts worth" is how much value I've gotten from this book. An experienced developer just won't learn much by reading this book. It is a list of patterns that most of us have used before, with explanation and justification for each. The fact that they are foun...more
+ the big plus of this book is that it is the only book dedicated to design patterns in combination with mac programming. one would expect to find more books like that, given the fact that objective-c and cocoa are so "pattern-friendly" and "pattern-oriented". only when i came to objective-c and cocoa did i learn how to solve those design problems that have always haunted me in java and c++. what would feel awkward to program in other languages is the most natural thing in objective-c. i might n...more
An OK book for an experienced programmer to use.

Covers "design patterns". Explains some of the basics, as design patterns. Useful that way.

Consulted this book (after getting some experience) for the right way to do a "model" object, initialization, etc.
Allyn Bauer
A decent book for a handful of high-level patterns, but the first 1/2 of the book seems rather useless to my eyes.
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