Home > Store

Cocoa Programming Developer's Handbook

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Cocoa Programming Developer's Handbook


  • Sorry, this book is no longer in print.
Not for Sale

eBook (Watermarked)

  • Your Price: $49.59
  • List Price: $61.99
  • Includes EPUB and PDF
  • About eBook Formats
  • This eBook includes the following formats, accessible from your Account page after purchase:

    ePub EPUB The open industry format known for its reflowable content and usability on supported mobile devices.

    Adobe Reader PDF The popular standard, used most often with the free Acrobat® Reader® software.

    This eBook requires no passwords or activation to read. We customize your eBook by discreetly watermarking it with your name, making it uniquely yours.


  • Copyright 2010
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9"
  • Pages: 936
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-63963-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-63963-9

The Cocoa programming environment—Apple’s powerful set of clean, object-oriented APIs—is increasingly becoming the basis of almost all contemporary Mac OS X development. With its long history of constant refinement and improvement, Cocoa has matured into a sophisticated programming environment that can make Mac OS X application development quick, efficient, and even fun.

Yet for all its refined elegance and ease of use, the staggering size of the Cocoa family of APIs and the vast magnitude of the official documentation can be intimidating to even seasoned programmers.

To help Mac OS X developers sort through and begin to put to practical use Cocoa’s vast array of tools and technologies, Cocoa Programming Developer’s Handbook provides a guided tour of the Cocoa APIs found on Mac OS X, thoroughly discussing—and showing in action—Cocoa’s core frameworks and other vital components, as well as calling attention to some of the more interesting but often overlooked parts of the APIs and tools. 

This book provides expert insight into a wide range of key topics, from user interface design to network programming and performance tuning.



Download the examples

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Foundation: The Objective-C Standard Library

Sample Pages

Download the sample pages (includes Chapter 4 and Index)

Table of Contents

 Part I: Introducing Cocoa

Chapter 1: Cocoa and Mac OS X
1.1 Understanding When to Use Cocoa
1.2 Understanding Cocoa's Role in Mac OS X
1.3 Overview
Chapter 2: Cocoa Language Options
2.1 Object Orientation
2.2 Objective-C
2.3 Ruby and Python
2.4 Summary
Chapter 3: Using Apple's Developer Tools
3.1 Obtaining Apple's Developer Tools
3.2 Interface Builder
3.3 XCode
3.4 Objective-C
3.5 Cocoa Conventions
3.6 Summary
Part II: The Cocoa Frameworks
Chapter 4: Foundation: The Objective-C Standard Library

4.1 General Concepts
4.2 Core Foundation Types
4.3 Basic Data Types
4.4 Collections
4.5 Enumeration
4.6 Property Lists
4.7 Interacting with the Filesystem
4.8 Notifications
4.9 Summary

Chapter 5: Application Concepts

5.1 Run Loops
5.2 Applications and Delegates
5.3 The Responder Chain
5.4 Run Loops in Applications
5.5 Delegates and Notifications
5.6 The View Hierarchy
5.7 Summary
Chapter 6: Creating Graphical User Interfaces
6.1 Positioning Views
6.2 Nested Views
6.3 Creating Views
6.4 Cocoa Bindings
6.5 Summary
Chapter 7: Windows and Menus
7.1 Understanding Windows
7.2 Creating Windows
7.3 Creating Window Objects
7.4 Panels
7.5 Sheets
7.6 Alert Dialogs
7.7 Menus
7.8 Summary  

Chapter 8: Text in Cocoa

8.1 Constructing and Deconstructing Strings
8.2 Annotating Strings
8.3 Localization
8.4 Text Storage
8.5 Understanding Fonts
8.6 Displaying Text
8.7 Writing a Custom Text Container
8.8 Using Multiple Text Views
8.9 Summary

Part III: Cocoa Documents

Chapter 9: Creating Document-Driven Applications
9.1 The Cocoa Document Model
9.2 Creating the Application Skeleton
9.3 Creating the Document
9.4 Extending the Outliner
9.5 Supporting Undo
9.6 Adding Undo to the Outliner
9.7 Summary

Chapter 10: Core Data

10.1 Introducing Data Modeling
10.2 Understanding Managed Objects
10.3 Attribute Types
10.4 Creating a Data Model
10.5 Choosing a Persistent Store
10.6 Storing Metadata
10.7 Automatic Undo
10.8 Core Data, Spotlight, and Time Machine
10.9 Summary  

Part IV: Complex User Interfaces

Chapter 11: Working with Structured Data
11.1 Data Sources and Delegates
11.2 Tables
11.3 Outline Views
11.4 Browsers
11.5 Collection Views
11.6 Customizing Views with New Cells
11.7 Creating Master-Detail Views
11.8 Summary

Chapter 12: Dynamic Views
12.1 Tabbed Views
12.2 Inspecting the View Hierarchy
12.3 Modifying the View Hierarchy
12.4 Creating Dynamic Input Forms
12.5 Full-Screen Applications
12.6 Summary

Part V: Advanced Graphics

Chapter 13: Custom Views
13.1 The Graphics Context
13.2 Core Graphics
13.3 AppKit Drawing
13.4 Printing and Paginating Views
13.5 Extending Interface Builder with Palettes
13.6 Summary
Chapter 14: Sound and Video

14.1 Beeping
14.2 Playing Simple Sounds
14.3 Understanding Cocoa Movie Objects
14.4 Adding Video
14.5 Editing Media
14.6 Low-Level Sound APIs
14.7 Sound and Video Recording
14.8 Supporting Speech
14.9 Cocoa Speech Synthesis
14.10 Conversing with Users
14.11 Summary  

Chapter 15: Advanced Visual Effects
15.1 Simple Animation
15.2 Core Animation Overview
15.3 Understanding Animation Concepts
15.4 Adding Simple Animations
15.5 Image Filters
15.6 Defining Transitions
15.7 Creating Complex Animations
15.8 3D Core Animation Transforms
15.9 OpenGL and Cocoa Views
15.10 Quartz Composer
15.11 Summary

Chapter 16: Supporting PDF and HTML
16.1 HTML in AppKit
16.2 Advanced HTML Support
16.3 Dynamic Interfaces with WebKit
16.4 PDF and Quartz
16.5 Displaying PDFs
16.6 Summary

Part VI: User Interface Integration 

Chapter 17: Searching and Filtering

17.1 Maintaining Document Indexes
17.2 Displaying Search Boxes
17.3 Searching for Documents
17.4 Spotlight
17.5 Predicates
17.6 Quick Look
17.7 Summary

Chapter 18: Contacts, Calendars, and Secrets
18.1 Address Book Overview
18.2 Getting Information About People
18.3 Searching the Address Book
18.4 Populating the "Me" vCard
18.5 Adding People to the Address Book
18.6 Storing Secrets
18.7 Calendars
18.8 Synchronizing Data
18.9 Summary

Chapter 19: Pasteboards
19.1 Pasteboard Overview
19.2 Pasteboard Types
19.3 Filtered Types
19.4 Property List Data
19.5 Self-Encoding Objects
19.6 Files and Pasteboards
19.7 Copy and Paste
19.8 Drag and Drop
19.9 Drag and Drop with Data Views
19.10 Summary

Chapter 20: Services
20.1 Example Services
20.2 An Evaluate Service
20.3 Using Services
20.4 Controlling the Services Menu
20.5 Filter Services
20.6 Summary
Chapter 21: Adding Scripting
21.1 Scripting Overview
21.2 Making Objects Scriptable
21.3 Scripting from Cocoa
21.4 Exposing Services to Automator
21.5 Other Scripting Technologies
21.6 Summary  

Part VII: System Programming

Chapter 22: Networking

22.1 Low-Level Socket Programming
22.2 Cocoa Streams
22.3 URL Handling
22.4 Bonjour
22.5 Distributed Objects
22.6 Summary

Chapter 23: Concurrency

23.1 Distributed Objects
23.2 Threading
23.3 Child Processes
23.4 Operation Queues
23.5 Grand Central Dispatch
23.6 OpenCL
23.7 Summary

Part VIII: Appendixes

Chapter 24: Portable Cocoa

24.1 NeXT and Sun
24.2 Mobile OS X on the iPhone
24.3 OpenStep and GNU
24.4 GNUstep
24.5 QuantumSTEP
24.6 Cocotron
24.7 GNUstepWeb and SOPE

Chapter 25: Advanced Tricks

25.1 The Preprocessor
25.2 Control Structures
25.3 Clean Code
25.4 Optimization
25.5 Cross-Platform Cocoa
25.6 The Runtime System


Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020