Want to build native Mac OS X applications with a sleek, developer-friendly alternative to Objective-C? MacRuby is an ideal choice. This in-depth guide shows you how Apple’s implementation of Ruby gives you access to all the features available to Objective-C programmers. You’ll get clear, detailed explanations of MacRuby, including quick programming techniques such as prototyping.
Perfect for programmers at any level, this book is packed with code samples and complete project examples. If you use Ruby, you can tap your skills to take advantage of Interface Builder, Cocoa libraries, the Objective-C runtime, and more. If you’re a Cocoa developer, you’ll learn how to improve your productivity with MacRuby.
Get up to speed on MacRuby basics, including classes and methods
Learn how to use MacRuby with Apple’s Xcode developer suite
Delve into the primitive object classes and data types in Foundation Kit
Build event-driven user interfaces with the AppKit framework
Handle relational object persistence with the Core Data framework
Use advanced MacRuby techniques, including concurrency and sandboxing
Get examples for applications using Twitter and a location web service
Embed MacRuby into existing Objective-C applications
Chapter 1 Introduction
Loading a Framework
Chapter 2 Fundamentals
Chapter 3 The Cocoa Environment
Main Frameworks in the Cocoa API
Chapter 4 Foundation
Strings and Attributed Strings
Date, Time, and Calendars
Archiving and Serialization
Chapter 5 Application Kit
Cocoa Key Principles
Chapter 6 Xcode
Chapter 7 Core Data
Chapter 8 One Step Deeper
Using Objective-C or C Code
Compilation Within Xcode
MacRuby in Practice
Chapter 9 Address Book Example
Web API Call
Cleaning Up: Better Management of Widgets
The Extra Mile: Displaying More Information Through Notifications
Matt Aimonetti is a Senior Engineer at Sony Playstation in San Diego, CA where he works on video games. Prior to that, Matt worked with startups, fortune 100 companies and traditional companies, where he had the opportunity to be involved with really captivating projects in different domain spaces from Biotech to comics without forgetting advertising, social networks e-learning and more.
Matt joined the MacRuby team in 2008 and has been active in the Ruby community for many years prior to that. Matt developed or contributed to a lot OSS libraries and frameworks (Merb, Rails and many more), spoke at users groups and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Matt blogs at http://merbist.com.
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Comments about oreilly MacRuby: The Definitive Guide:
I had few knowledge about Ruby and Objective-C programming languages but this book is really easy to understand, if you know something about programming and object-oriented languages. I recommend this to everyone who wants to learn to program with MacRuby, a "bridge" between Ruby and Objective-C in Mac OS X environment.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend