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Cocoa Programming for OS X: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)

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Covering the bulk of what you need to know to develop full-featured applications for OS X, this edition is updated for OS X Yosemite (10.10),  Xcode 6, and Swift. Written in an engaging tutorial style and class-tested for clarity and accuracy, it is an invaluable resource for any Mac programmer. The authors introduce the two most commonly used Mac developer tools: Xcode an

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Kindle Edition, 555 pages
Published April 16th 2015 by Big Nerd Ranch Guides (first published March 2nd 2015)
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Paul
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginner to intermedia programmers
Back in 2015 there was very little learning material available for macOS coding. After completing a series on Cocoa programming on Lynda.com, I was fortunate to stumble upon Aaron's book "Cocoa Programming for OS X".
It has a step-by-step approach with detailed instructions and suitably placed screenshots to guide you through learning new concepts. Unfortunately, the version of Swift has been superseded although some errata type files on their website covered Swift 2 (now we are at Swift 4). That
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Kevin
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though the book was out for over two years when I read the book, it's still a pretty good book that covers a lot of what you need to get started on basic macOS development. If going through the examples, note that the version of Swift in the book is Swift 1, which is fairly different from existing version of Swift (and I would recommend learning Swift from another resource if you want to follow along since their code needs reinterpreting to the current version of Swift, especially if you ha ...more
Mark Broski
Really disappointed in this book. I was hoping for a deeper dive into the API. There are just so few books on Cocoa for OSX, I felt I had to take a chance. If you are a fan of Matt Neuberg-type books, then I would pass on this one.
Paul Brown
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's kind of a cheat to add this to the list of books I read, but I did indeed read it all. Extremely useful if you write or want to write Mac apps.
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Aaron Hillegass was working at NeXT when it was purchased by Apple. He founded Big Nerd Ranch in 2001. Big Nerd Ranch, based in Atlanta, does training and consulting on mobile and other emerging technologies.
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