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October 16, 2002

O'Reilly Releases "Learning Cocoa with Objective-C:" New Book Covers Latest Updates to Mac OS X's Cocoa Frameworks

Sebastopol, CA--When it comes to building Cocoa applications for Mac OS X, Objective-C is one of the main languages that developers can use with the Cocoa APIs. Learning Cocoa with Objective-C by James Duncan Davidson (O'Reilly, US $34.95) is the follow-up to "Learning Cocoa," and it has been thoroughly updated for Mac OS X version 10.2 "Jaguar," to show developers how to start building Cocoa applications using the Objective-C binding to the Cocoa frameworks.

"Learning Cocoa with Objective-C" eases readers into the experience of Cocoa development, not merely by reading, but by doing. Following an introduction to the concepts of object-oriented programming with Objective-C, readers are shown how to use Apple's Developer Tools such as Project Builder and Interface Builder. The book then introduces Cocoa's frameworks--Foundation and the Application Kit--by having the reader build simple applications along the way.

Each chapter presents a different sample program for readers to build, with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that teach the fundamentals of Cocoa programming. The techniques in each chapter lay the foundation for more advanced techniques and concepts presented in later chapters. Readers are shown how to:

  • Use Apple's suite of Developer Tools, including Project Builder and Interface Builder
  • Build single- and multiple-window document-based applications
  • Manipulate text data using Cocoa's text handling capabilities
  • Draw with Cocoa
  • Localize applications for multiple language support
  • Polish off applications by adding an icon for use in the Dock, providing Help, and packaging the program for distribution

"Learning Cocoa with Objective-C" covers the latest updates to the Cocoa frameworks, including the Address Book framework. The book also includes a handy API quick reference card and an appendix with a listing of resources essential to any Cocoa developer--beginning or advanced. "Learning Cocoa with Objective-C" is an Apple Developer Connection recommended title.

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Learning Cocoa with Objective-C
James Duncan Davidson
ISBN 0-596-00301-3, 358 pages, $34.95 (US), $54.95 (CAN)
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