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Considered a classic by an entire generation of Mac programmers, this popular guide has been updated for Mac OS X. Don't know anything about programming? No problem! Acclaimed author Dave Mark starts out with the basics and takes you through a complete course in programming C using Apple's free Xcode tools. This book is perfect for beginners learning to program. It includes Mac OS X examples!

  • Provides best practices for programming newbies

  • Written by the expert on C–programming for the Mac

  • Presents all the basics with a pragmatic, Mac OS X-flavored approach

  • Includes updated source code which is fully compatible with Xcode 4

What you'll learn

  • Master C programming, the gateway to programming your Mac or iPhone

  • Write applications for the Mac OS X interface, the cleanest user interface around

  • Understand variables and how to design your own data structures

  • Work with the file system

  • Connect to data sources and the Internet

Who this book is for

For anyone wanting to learn to program in Mac OS X, including developers new to the Mac, developers new to C, or students entirely new to programming. For anyone who wants to learn how to program their iPhone, this is also the core language primer.

Subscriber Reviews

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 rating Based on 5 Ratings

"so, so" - by Grisson on 28-DEC-2012
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This book = normal entry level C book + a little XCode introduction
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"Excellent introduction" - by martinjbaker on 30-DEC-2009
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This is a very well written introduction to C. Hard to see how it could be improved upon. Highly recommended.
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