Advanced Mac OS X Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
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Mark Dalrymple, Advanced Mac OS X Instructor at The Big Nerd Ranch, co-authored Advanced Mac OS X Programming. He has been a Macintosh programmer since 1985 and a professional Unix developer since 1990. Aaron Hillegass, CEO of Big Nerd Ranch, has more than 18 years of experience as a software engineer and trainer. He is author of Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X, the definitive Cocoa programming guide. Jeremy Sherman, Advanced Mac OS X instructor at The Big Nerd Ranch, started programming with QBasic running under MS-DOS on an 8088. He has used Macs since OS 9, jumped to OS X as soon as possible, and has had Terminal.app open ever since.
While there are several books on programming for Mac OS X, Advanced Mac OS X Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide is the only one that contains explanations of how to leverage the powerful underlying technologies. This book gets down to the real nitty-gritty. The third edition is updated for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6 and covers new technologies like DTrace, Instruments, Grand Central Dispatch, blocks, and NSOperation.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
A Book Worth Adding to your Programming Collection,
This review is from: Advanced Mac OS X Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) (Kindle Edition)When I heard there was going to be a revised edition of this book I immediately preordered it. This was well over a year ago, so when it finally came out I was at first disappointed to see many references to out-of-date material. For example the book discusses GCC which has been phased out by Apple in favor of LLVM. Garbage collection it touted as a big new feature, but it has not caught on at all. Finally, the product description says the material is based on MacOS 10.5 and 10.6 (we are at 10.7 currently if you are counting).
Also, it is extremely annoying to be charged a premium for the kindle edition over the printed copy. I guess this isn't the author's fault, but still, not cool Amazon.
Ok, now the good stuff, and the reasons I gave this book 4 stars. This book has a huge amount of really useful information, and it is presented in a form that makes looking stuff up quite easy. My favorite material presented in this book is the coverage of macros,... Read more
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Must buy for serious OSX/iOS programmers,
This review is from: Advanced Mac OS X Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) (Paperback)I confess to not having finished the entire book (it's huge), but I can already say this book is a keeper from just having read the first 3rd. There is an entire chapter dedicated to the nitty-gritty of blocks which was fantastic. There are many books which give blocks very superficial treatment (usually a page or two at most); this one gives blocks the attention they deserve (especially as they become the mandatory means of accessing certain functionality in the Cocoa API's). Really the only negatives are the lack of some of the newest content (Clang, ARC, etc.), but apparently the author plans to release updates in the future (from reading his response to Darren Minifie's review) so this is less of a concern. You certainly won't feel cheated as the quality content to cost ratio may be the highest of all OSX/iOS books out there. This is a huge book filled with meat (no fluff here), that manages to make you laugh in a delightfully geeky way (some of Dalrymple's variable names... Read more
Adds some things you won't find in other books,
This review is from: Advanced Mac OS X Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) (Kindle Edition)My approach to learning Xcode, Objective-C, Cocoa, etc. is to get as many books as possible and expect to learn just a few important things from each one. This book covers a number of topics that you won't find much about elsewhere. Its definitely not a beginners book but if you are reasonably knowledgeable about the topic it might add something to your knowledge.
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Table of Contents
1. C and Objective-C
2. The Compiler
4. Command-Line Programs
5. Exceptions, Error Handling, and Signals
8. Debugging with GDB
10. Performance Tuning
11. Files, Part I: I/O and Permissions
12. Files, Part II: Directories, File Systems, and Links
13. NSFileManager -- Cocoa and the File System
14. Network Programming with Sockets
16. kqueues and FSEvents
19. Using NSTask
22. Grand Central Dispatch
23. Accessing the Keychain
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