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Programming iOS 4 by Matt Neuburg

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Part I. Language

Apple has provided a vast toolbox for programming iOS to make an app come to life and behave the way you want it to. That toolbox is the API (application programming interface). To use the API, you must speak the API’s language. That language, for the most part, is Objective-C, which itself is built on top of C; some pieces of the API use C itself. This part of the book instructs you in the basics of these languages:

  • Chapter 1 explains C. In general, you will probably not need to know all the ins and outs of C, so this chapter restricts itself to those aspects of C that you need to know in order to use both Objective-C and the C-based areas of the API.
  • Objective-C adds object-based programming features to C. Chapter 2 discusses object-based programming in general architectural terms. It also explains some extremely important terms that will be used throughout the book, along with the concepts that lie behind them.
  • Chapter 3 introduces the basic syntax of Objective-C.
  • Chapter 4 continues the explanation of Objective-C, discussing the nature of Objective-C classes, with emphasis on how to create a class in code.
  • Chapter 5 completes the introduction to Objective-C, discussing how instances are created and initialized, along with an explanation of such related topics as polymorphism, instance variables, accessors, self and super, key–value coding, and properties.

Even at this point, our discussion of Objective-C is not yet complete; we’ll return in Part III to a ...

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