Cocoa Design Patterns

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Next time some kid shows up at my door asking for a code review, this is the book that I am going to throw at him.

Aaron Hillegass, founder of Big Nerd Ranch, Inc., and author of Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X

Unlocking the Secrets of Cocoa and Its Object-Oriented Frameworks

Mac and iPhone developers are often overwhelmed by the breadth and sophistication of the Cocoa frameworks. Although Cocoa is indeed huge, once you understand the object-oriented patterns it uses, youll find it remarkably elegant, consistent, and simple.

Cocoa Design Patterns begins with the mother of all patterns: the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern, which is central to all Mac and iPhone development. Encouraged, and in some cases enforced by Apples tools, its important to have a firm grasp of MVC right from the start.

The books midsection is a catalog of the essential design patterns youll encounter in Cocoa, including

  • Fundamental patterns, such as enumerators, accessors, and two-stage creation
  • Patterns that empower, such as singleton, delegates, and the responder chain
  • Patterns that hide complexity, including bundles, class clusters, proxies and forwarding, and controllers

And thats not all of them! Cocoa Design Patterns painstakingly isolates 28 design patterns, accompanied with real-world examples and sample code you can apply to your applications today. The book wraps up with coverage of Core Data models, AppKit views, and a chapter on Bindings and Controllers.

Cocoa Design Patterns clearly defines the problems each pattern solves with a foundation in Objective-C and the Cocoa frameworks and can be used by any Mac or iPhone developer.


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