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Apoptosis
19th April 2010, 10:42 PM
Hey all (especially the resident devs).

I've had an idea for an iPhone app I'd love to make. It's nothing amazing or new or especially sexy but I think it's a reasonable idea and if nothing else will actually be useful for me during my day to day work activities.

In highschool (not tooooo long ago) I did about 12mo with visual basic and a bit of SQL tied in. So i'm not going in completely blind but I haven't done ANY coding for about 6 years.

I realise iPhone dev stems from OS X dev and since I know no Objective-C or cocoa I presume my best starting point is learning that.

Can anyone suggest any books for starting out with the languages? I'm not a huge fan of online tutorials because I don't learn very well from a computer screen. But if there's great ones you know of please do tell.

I've watched the odd Apple dev video and while the concepts are vaguely familiar it's still downright confusion at this point.

I'm serious about doing this (I bought a new MBP specifically for this project - haven't had a mac for a while) and any shove in the right direction would be awesome!

Found this book which might be handy:
Cocoa and Objective-c: Up and Running by Scott Stevenson - 9780596804794 at The Book Depository (http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780596804794/Cocoa-and-Objective-c)

Phil

alextrob
19th April 2010, 11:14 PM
A good place to start learning Obj-C is with BecomeAnXcoder (http://www.cocoalab.com/?q=becomeanxcoder). It's a pretty short PDF book that starts with the absolute basics and gets you started on object-orientation. It's also great to refer back to while you're still getting the hang of things later on.

Once you've got the basics, just about any iPhone-specific book should be pretty good. Personally, I went through iPhone SDK Development (http://pragprog.com/titles/amiphd/iphone-sdk-development) which doesn't assume any more than a bit of an understanding of a C-based language and object-orientation (both of which BecomeAnXcoder will give you a good refresher on). The source code to all the projects in the book is downloadable too if you get stuck.

gehenna
19th April 2010, 11:19 PM
A couple of threads already exist that may help...

http://forums.mactalk.com.au/31/57649-iphone-development.html
http://forums.mactalk.com.au/8/73495-iphone-development-uni.html