Chapter    1

Must Love Cocoa

Welcome! You must be here because you want to write programs for your Mac. Well, you’ve definitely come to the right place. (Here for Pilates? Third door down, on the right.) By the time you finish this book, you’ll know everything you need to know to create fast, efficient, good-looking Mac OS X applications.

The key to creating a modern Mac application is Cocoa. According to Apple, Cocoa is a set of object-oriented frameworks that provide a runtime environment for Mac OS X applications. As you make your way through this book, you’ll learn all about the Cocoa frameworks and runtime environment. For the moment, think of Cocoa as a programmer’s assistant that takes care of much of the housekeeping that goes along ...

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