Cocoa Programming: For Mac OS X 5th Edition


This book will teach you what you need to know in order to develop full-featured applications for OS X. Written in an engaging tutorial style, it’s an invaluable resource for any Mac programmer.

About the Book

If you’re developing applications for OS X, Cocoa Programming for OS X: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide is the book you’ve been waiting to get your hands on. Written in a tutorial style and thoroughly bootcamp-tested to assure clarity and accuracy, it covers the bulk of what you need to know in order to develop full-featured OS X apps.

Updated for OS X Yosemite (10.10), Xcode 6 and Swift, this new edition introduces the two most commonly used developer tools: Xcode and Instruments. The authors also cover the Swift language, basic application architecture and the major design patterns of Cocoa. Examples are illustrated with exemplary code, written in the idioms of the Cocoa community, to show you how Mac apps should be written and architected.

Swift 2 Companion Guide

This edition of our Cocoa programming guide was written for Xcode 6.3 and Swift 1.2. At WWDC 2015, Apple announced Xcode 7 and Swift 2, both of which introduce significant updates that (along with some changes to Cocoa for OS X 10.11) affect some of the exercises in this book. We have prepared a companion guide listing the changes needed to use Swift 2 and Xcode 7 to work through the exercises in the book.

About the Authors

Aaron Hillegass' Bio Pic

Aaron Hillegass has nearly two decades of experience programming and teaching Objective-C, Cocoa and iOS. In 2001, Aaron founded Big Nerd Ranch and began developing intensive courses that teach programming in a focused, distraction-free environment. Aaron is co-author of iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide and Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide.

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Adam Preble learned Cocoa programming from the first edition of this book. After serving as Vice President of Engineering and instructor for our Cocoa and Cocoa Fast Track bootcamps, Adam founded Ritual Development Group.

Nate Chandler's Bio Pic

Nate Chandler is an instructor and senior software engineer at Big Nerd Ranch. When he isn’t building custom apps for our clients, he’s hard at work making our Cocoa and Cocoa Fast Track bootcamp course materials even better.