Programming (Mac OS X)

AuthorTopic: Programming (Mac OS X)
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Does anyone here in General know much about programming for Mac OS X?I have already emailed several members about this, and have recieved a few suggestions. Unfortunately, since I have not yet gotten a part-time job or any major source of income, I cannot afford some of these programs. I also know nothing about Mac programming, but would like to start.

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What do you want to know about Mac programming? If you need a compiler, Xcode comes with OS X and works with a number of languages.

—Alorael, who is not exacly an ideal source of information, given that he is more of a mucker of code than a programmer.
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Programming in Mac OS X doesn't require any expensive software at all! Apple's Developer Tools are awesome and free. You can get the newest available version here , though you'll want an older version if you are using 10.3 or earlier. You can get earlier versions and other useful stuff by signing up for a free Apple Developer Connection account.

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I would like to start my programming education by doing simple applications. Perhaps later I'll move it up a notch to simple games. And I do have XCode-I just have no idea what I'm looking at.

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Take a look here . In particular you'll want to give the tutorial application a try. You can also view these page in XCode by open Help>Documentation, clicking Cocoa in the list on the left, and clicking on "Getting Started" CocoaDev Central is also a good website for learning basics.

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You've never done programming before?

Don't start in OS X. Start in a platform-independent language like Java and just write text-based code. GUI design, while it has gotten easier over the years, still takes a lot of mucking around even with a good automater, and it doesn't teach any programming skills anyway.
EDIT: Actually, simple C++ code and such is also platform-independent at the coding level. But I'd use Java because the syntax is slightly simpler. OS X also includes a compiler for this and a brief time Googling should find you plenty of help in doing so from the command line (get comfortable working in the command line).

[ Thursday, January 11, 2007 15:29: Message edited by: SNM ]

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