[OS X TeX] OT: Learning Cocoa

Rene Borgella macmechanic at fastmail.fm
Mon Feb 6 22:17:46 EST 2006

A highly regarded book for Cocoa Programming is

Cocoa Programming
by: Anguish, Buck, Yacktman

ISBN: 0672322307

I like this one, though it goes way beyond my 
needs.  I'm no programmer, I'm a biologist who 
uses computers and programming for applied stats 
and the like.  I don't write full blown apps. 
What I like about it is that it seems I will grow 
into it rather than outgrowing it soon and 
needing some other volumes.

I also have the most recent edition of the 
Hillegass book.  It's ok, but sometimes it 
doesn't go into enough  depth (for me) and other 
timess there's too much verbiage.

At Rixstep.com there are a few pieces on Cocoa 
Programming, and the NeXTStep pedigree of OS X.

They also have a commentary of Cocoa Books (very opinionated)

blurb from rixstep.com 
<http://www.rixstep.com/4/2/cp,00.html> on 
Anguish, Buck, Yacktman:

"In what will probably remain one of the rare 
products to ever get the highest possible Rixstep 
review rating, authors Anguish, Buck, and 
Yacktman take the reader on a tour-de-force 
journey through the world of Cocoa. Three hundred 
pages into the book they're still explaining how 
the system works (by way of comparison, Simson & 
Garfinkel waste your time with 140 pages about 
how to click on push buttons) and how you as a 
developer should regard it. Programming 
discipline and proper training mean a lot here.

Apple have 'Inside' books available through 
Vervante, but they're famously unhelpful. Cocoa 
Programming takes the reader through the forest 
and shows where the trees are, and it covers 
everything, from advanced views to creating one's 
own frameworks, to different techniques for 
multithreading, and so on and so on through well 
over 1,000 grueling pages.

Read this very carefully: If you are a 
professional Cocoa programmer, or a professional 
programmer planning to take a look at Cocoa, 
there is only one book you will ever need, and 
this is it."

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