|Programming in Objective-C (3ed)|
|Written by Ian Elliot|
Author: Stephen G. Kochan
The book is split into three sections. The first is about the language as an entity in its own right. The second deals with the foundation framework i.e. not the UI and the third deals with Cocoa, Cocoa Touch and the iOS SDK but this is a very short section consisting of two chapters.
The first part of the book, 300 pages, is a more or less traditional introduction to an object oriented language. The topics covered range from classes, objects, methods, data types, looping, decision statements, inheritance, polymorphism, categories and prototypes. The final two chapters deal with some technical aspects - using the preprocessor and underlying C features. The examples used are short and the explanations are to the point. Although it does cover some basic features - like loops - the presentation wouldn't really suit a complete beginner but it does try hard to be easy to follow. It also reaches some quite complicated topics by the end of the section.
The second part of the book is shorter at around 100 pages. It goes into the details of using the foundation framework - strings. collections, files, memory management, copying objects and archiving.
The final part is even shorter at around 40 pages and attempts to deal with a lot of material very quickly. The result is, of course that, you get little more than an overview. In most cases you will need another book to move you on to something more advanced in using Cocoa. In particular this is not a book on using Cocoa or on developing iOS applications and there are lots of other books that deal with this side of the programming task.
As long as you don't expect this book to be an introduction to iOS or Cocoa programming then it is a very good introduction to the Objective C language - recommended.
|Last Updated ( Monday, 15 August 2011 )|