Learning Objective-C 2.0: A Hands-on Guide to Objective-C for Mac and iOS Developers

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Get Started Fast with Objective-C 2.0 Programming for OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 5.1, and Beyond

 

Fully updated for Xcode 4.4, Learning Objective-C 2.0, Second Edition, is today’s most useful beginner’s guide to Objective-C 2.0. One step at a time, it will help you master the newest version of Objective-C 2.0 and start writing high-quality programs for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, iOS 5.1, and all of Apple’s newest computers and devices.

 

Top OS X and iOS developer Robert Clair first reviews the essential object and C concepts that every Objective-C 2.0 developer needs to know. Next, he introduces the basics of the Objective-C 2.0 language itself, walking through code examples one line at a time and explaining what’s happening behind the scenes.

 

This revised edition thoroughly introduces Apple’s new Automated Reference Counting (ARC), while also teaching conventional memory-management techniques that remain indispensable. Carefully building on what you’ve already learned, Clair progresses to increasingly sophisticated techniques in areas ranging from frameworks to security. Every topic has been carefully chosen for its value in real-world, day-to-day programming, and many topics are supported by hands-on practice exercises.

 

Coverage includes

 

·    Reviewing key C techniques and concepts, from program structure and formats to variables and scope

·    Understanding how objects and classes are applied in Objective-C 2.0

·    Writing your first Objective-C program with Xcode 4.4

·    Using messaging to efficiently perform tasks with objects

·    Getting started with Apple’s powerful frameworks and foundation classes

·    Using Objective-C control structures, including Fast Enumeration and exception handling

·    Adding methods to classes without subclassing

·    Using declared properties to save time and simplify your code

·    Mastering ARC and conventional memory management, and knowing when to use each

·    Using Blocks to prepare for concurrency with Apple’s Grand Central Dispatch

·    Leveraging Xcode 4.4 improvements to enums and @implementation

 

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Fully updated for Apple's latest improvements, Learning Objective-C 2.0, Second Edition will help any new Objective-C programmer get productive fast. Long-time OS X and iOS developer Robert Clair first reviews the essential object and C concepts that all Objective-C developers need to know. Next, he introduces the basics of the language, walking through code examples one line at a time, and explaining what's happening behind the scenes." He progresses to increasingly sophisticated techniques in areas ranging from frameworks and security to memory management - all carefully chosen for their value in real-world day-to-day programming. This edition's extensive new coverage includes: A clear and practical introduction to Apple's ARC memory management (including when and when not to use it)Expanded and improved coverage of blocksXcode 4.2 the LLVM compiler and the LLDB debuggerThis is the perfect entry-level guide for Objective-C newcomers. Readers who complete it can move on to Stephen Kochan's highly-regarded Programming in Objective-C 2.0 and to our more specialized Apple development titles such as David Chisnall's Cocoa Programming Developer's Handbook Fritz Anderson's Xcode 4 Unleashed Second Edition and Aaron Hillegass's Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X, Fourth Edition.

Review:


“With Learning Objective-C 2.0, Robert Clair cuts right to the chase and provides

not only comprehensive coverage of Objective-C, but also time-saving and

headache-preventing insights drawn from a depth of real-world, hands-on experience.

The combination of concise overview, examples, and specific implementation

details allows for rapid, complete, and well-rounded understanding of the language

and its core features and concepts.”

 –Scott D. Yelich, Mobile Application Developer



“There are a number of books on Objective-C that attempt to cover the entire

gamut of object-oriented programming, the Objective-C computer language, and

application development on Apple platforms. Such a range of topics is far too ambitious

to be covered thoroughly in a single volume of finite size. Bob Clair’s book is

focused on mastering the basics of Objective-C, which will allow a competent programmer

to begin writing Objective-C code.”

–Joseph E. Sacco, Ph.D., J.E. Sacco & Associates, Inc.

 

 

“Bob Clair’s Learning Objective-C 2.0 is a masterfully crafted text that provides in-depth

and interesting insight into the Objective-C language, enlightening new

programmers and seasoned pros alike. When programmers new to the language ask

about where they should start, this is the book I now refer them to.”

–Matt Long, Cocoa Is My Girlfriend (www.cimgf.com)

 

 

“Robert Clair has taken the Objective-C language and presented it in a way that

makes it even easier to learn. Whether you’re a novice or professional programmer,

you can pick up this book and begin to follow along without knowing C as

a prerequisite.”

–Cory Bohon, Indie Developer and Blogger for Mac|Life

 

 

“I like this book because it is technical without being dry, and readable without

being fluffy.”

–Andy Lee, Author of AppKiDo

 

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