Objective-C Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 2002
Pages: 130

Objective-C is an exciting and dynamic approach to C-based object-oriented programming; it's the approach adopted by Apple as the foundation for programming under Mac OS X, a Unix-based operating system gaining wide acceptance among programmers and other technologists. Objective-C is easy to learn and has a simple elegance that is a welcome breath of fresh air after the abstruse and confusing C++. To help you master the fundamentals of this language, you'll want to keep the Objective-C Pocket Reference close at hand. This small book contains a wealth of valuable information to speed you over the learning curve.

In this pocket reference, author Andrew Duncan provides a quick and concise introduction to Objective-C for the experienced programmer. In addition to covering the essentials of Objective-C syntax, Andrew also covers important faces of the language such as memory management, the Objective-C runtime, dynamic loading, distributed objects, and exception handling.

O'Reilly's Pocket References have become a favorite among programmers everywhere. By providing important details in a succinct, well-organized format, these handy books deliver just what you need to complete the task at hand. When you've reached a sticking point in your work and need to get to a solution quickly, the new Objective-C Pocket Reference is the book you'll want to have.

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I have to say I'm impressed. For a while there I thought I'd never "get it" but after about ten pages it all suddenly started to click. The light went on. Duncan's step by step ripping apart of certain aspects of the code was a brain-saver. While the book is supposedly aimed at those that have coded before in C or C++ it has been fundamental to my learning of Objective-C. The compact no-nonsense format I believe is the key. Great book. Make him write more. :)

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This is one of the best books describing a programming language I have ever read.

While not intended as an introducton to Objective-C, given a decent background in programming languages and the ways of the OO world, it is a concise, dense, and immensely informative overview of Objective-C. The OO world in general and Objective-C in particular relies heavily on idioms (sometimes called "design patterns") and this work does a good job of introducing some of the most important parts of the dialect. It also covers the OpenStep dialect where that differs significantly.

The discussion of metaclasses deserves special mention because previous "explanations" I've read usually generated more heat than light. Even in this compact form, the discussion of this nettlesome topic is as straightforward and lucid as I've seen.

In general, there is a great paucity of works which can serve to introduce a new programming language to journeyman programmers who do not need binary addition explained yet again. We have quite enough "Dummies" books - we need more " for the Already Clueful".

I hope O'Reilly will continue developing books in this vein. I know they must be very hard to write as the amount of information distilled into this one is remarkable. The writing skill and natural abilities for pedagogy required for a project like this are equally daunting. But I look forward to further efforts like this one. The author has set a high bar.

Even if you aren't particularly drawn to learning Objective-C, read this to see how explaining a programming language ought to be done.

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Objective-C has always suffered from a lack of documentation, something that hasn't been helped by the fact that the language hasn't been standardised. Now that MacOSX has taken off in a big way, we're finally seeing some decent books on Objective-C, and this is definitely one of the best. While it's billed as a pocket reference, if you've got a good grounding in C then this little book also makes a great tutorial. I found that all the essential elements are covered, from the core OO features upto the NSObject and Object methods. I highly recommend it to anyone who's attracted by the OO concept but finds C++ too much of a mess.

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