I bought my first Mac over the phone with my dad when I was at college in about 2004. It was a 14″ iBook with a Mighty Mouse, AppleCare Protection Plan and a AirPort Express base station. I don’t remember when I first got interested in learning to program the Mac but it wasn’t long after. I bought a copy of Aaron Hillegass’s infamously brilliant “Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X” (2nd Edition) book and got started. I didn’t know C then and hadn’t really understood Object Oriented programming either. The book was an extremely hard learning curve and even with my dad’s help I didn’t make it through.
Time passed and I tried again but got stuck again and failed, time passed and I bought the latest edition (3) of Aaron’s book and tried again, got further and understood more but still got stuck. A lot of time passed and I had been tinkering with little experiment projects all along, but it wasn’t until this summer that I knew I would have time. I bought a bunch of books in preparation for the summer:
- Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (1st Edition)
- Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (4th Edition)
- More Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (1st Edition)
- Advanced Mac OS X Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
That’s a lot of book, probably about 2,000 pages of book, but I am really commited this time, I have already completed the first book (Objective-C Programming) and really feel a lot more confident having learn’t it. I also think that the time coupled with previous attempts and reading other things has helped me to whizz through that book in about 24 hours worth of reading.
I am now on chapter 5 of the next book (Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X) and things are making more sense than I remember previous attempts did. I am hopeful that I can complete this book in the next week and a half to two weeks max and start playing about with some of the APIs, sadly the More Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X book isn’t out yet so my Amazon order is still pending, according to Safari Books it isn’t going to be published until October, so that is rather unfortunate. Aaron, fancy sending me a preview?
Either way I think I will hold off the Advanced book as it goes into networking and tasking which I think might be pushing it, and besides there’s tons of WWDC videos from Apple’s Developer channel to watch and I want to spend time on my Split-flap project, and a friend has come up with an idea for using flip-dots to make a QR code clock so we are going to try to make a flip dot, and we’ve ordered some samples from a polish company called Alfa Zeta.