jazz and conversation, from the foot of Mt Belzoni (ikkyu2) wrote,
jazz and conversation, from the foot of Mt Belzoni

Pearls from day 2 of Objective-C study

In no particular order:

  • They didn't have books like Aaron Hillegass' magnificent Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides) the last time I tried to learn something about coding. What an improvement.
  • C syntax and data structures are similar to Pascal, which I learned once.
  • Obj-C objects are fairly similar to Java objects, which I learned about once.
  • In fact, I kind of feel like Obj C == (Pascal + Java) / memory-management.
  • There are three distinct things a dude needs to learn about:
    • Objective-C
    • Xcode
    • Cocoa/iOS

  • I have books for all of them this time.
  • I wish I'd known that back in 2003.
  • Because I was ready to write a Java program and I totally got stuck on Interface Builder.
  • I wish I'd kept fighting with it. I was so close.
  • Xcode 2012 (4.5, I think?) is really, really slick. It is teaching me as much as anything else.
  • Programming is fun again.
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