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An overview for novice programmers who want to write programs for OS X. Covers C, Objective-C, and AppleScript, as well as Cocoa, Carbon, and other unix tools.

Every Mac OS X system comes with all the essentials required for programming: free development tools, resources, and utilities. However, finding the place to begin may be challenging, especially if you have no prior development knowledge. This comprehensive guide offers you an ideal starting point to writing programs on Mac OS X, with coverage of 10.4 "Tiger".

With its hands-on approach, the book examines a particular element and then presents step-by-step instructions that walk you through how to use that element when programming. You'll quickly learn how to efficiently start writing programs on Mac OS X using languages such as C, Objective-C, and AppleScript, technologies such as Carbon and Cocoa, and other Unix tools. In addition, you'll discover techniques for incorporating the languages in order to create seamless applications.

The book eases even an utter newbie through the important and basic concepts in OOP programming, C language syntax, Objective-C syntax, memory management, etc. It can take you from knowing next to nothing about programming to writing a full fledged app that uses both the Cocoa and Carbon frameworks. This book also covers the various scripting languages available on Mac OS X and what tasks each one is best suited to perform, including interaction with pre-installed command-line tools.


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