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Cocoa First Impressions

Posted on by Patrick

It’s been almost two hole days with Aaron Hillegass’ Cocoa Book and I’m about three quarters of the way through it.

This book is what I have been looking for to help guide me into Cocoa after several weeks of just trying to figure it out on my own. Now with Hillegass’ foundation, I think I can easily move on learning just by looking at the regular Apple docs.

I want to note that this is the first tutorial/learning type computer book covering an environment that the sample apps actually do some amazing things. Before being halfway through the book, I had a pretty sophisticated sample app that had document saving/opening and full undo/redo support. More amazing was how easy it was to do those things. The total amount of code for that project is 150 lines of code that do the work. ( I’m cheating and not counting the code on the model or the header files, but they are quite small ).

Building the GUI with Interface Builder is initially a little awkward, but I’ve gotten used to it and can operate pretty quickly. I think it’s very ironic that Interface Builder is quite possibly the least intuitive application on my Mac. Considering the amazing intuitive applications that get built with it.

All-in-all, I’m very impressed with Cocoa and the tools used to build OS X applications. I’m going to get my app started this weekend and report on it’s progress and my progress through OS X technologies over the coming months.

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