Using "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X" with Xcode 3.0

  • Friends,

    I am getting some emails that go something like this:
    "Hey! I just bought 'Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X, 2nd Edition' and
    none of your directions work on Xcode 3.  I hate you, I hate you, I
    hate you."

    I understand your frustration, and I am sincerely sorry if you feel
    that you have been cheated.  The tools have changed a lot, and the
    third edition won't be ready for several more months.  Let me point
    out, however, that the frameworks themselves have changed very little
    and the ideas in the book are still useful.

    To use the 2nd edition with Xcode 3, you need to know how the new
    tools are used.  In particular:
    1) You don't create classes in Interface Builder any more.  Create the
    class in Xcode, and type in the outlets and actions.
    2) You don't have to explicitly reparse the .h files -- Interface
    Builder will automatically reparse the file every time it is saved.
    3) Instead of control-dragging for every pointer IB, you control-click
    on an object to get its connection panel, and drag from there.

    To get comfortable with these changes, I suggest that you do Apple's
    tutorial before starting on my book:

    Skip my Palettes chapter!  It is hopelessly out-of-date and unusable.

    It will still require some patience to get through the book.  If you
    don't have the patience, return the book to wherever you purchased it
    -- the new edition with Core Data, more Bindings, Web Services, View
    Swapping, NSTask, Xcode 3, and Objective-C 2 will be available in the
    Spring or early Summer.

    Will I destroy my apology/helpful email with something crass and
    commercial?  I can not resist: I will be using a draft of the 3rd
    edition of "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X" at the Cocoa Bootcamp, Jan
    14 - 18.  If you want a seat, call 678-595-6773 to reserve one:
    We can send an instructor to your company, if that is more convenient/
    cost-effective for you.

    Also, Big Nerd Ranch will be running its first WebObjects course in
    Germany, March 10 - 14:
    To register for that, call +49 (931) 9911-485.

    Aaron HIllegass
    Big Nerd Ranch, Inc.
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