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Xcode 4 and the Beginning Mac Programming book

If you have a query about using Xcode 4 while reading my Beginning Mac Programming book, you may find the answer on a site I’ve created specifically to help:
Naturally, please don’t hesitate to make contact if you have questions or are not sure about something!

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  1. Kenny Carruthers permalink
    July 28, 2008

    Hey Tim,

    Just came across your website while learning about Core Data/Bindings related stuff and wanted to thank you for such well written examples. The past few days have been like drinking from a fire hydrant so it’s refreshing to see some nice, concrete examples of how all this stuff fits together.

    Thanks again and looking forward to more great posts.


  2. October 8, 2009

    Hi Tim,

    I´m happy to see that you write this book about Core Data on iPhone. I´m new in Core Data, but through reading and looking for examples in the internet, I´m now able to do the first steps and get data out of my first Data Model.

    My problems are in the following: I have a parent and a child entity in a to-many relationship. I have not found a possibility to get the children of a specific parent in a sorted or FirstIn-FirstOut sequence, of course the children are stored in a NSSet in the parent.

    Will you write something about this in your book?



  3. October 8, 2009

    Hi Diethard, I’m not sure how much information there will be on maintaining order, but you might find the post here:
    useful, even though it was written some time ago, and from a drag and drop desktop point of view.

    There are various resources on the web that offer other solutions, such as:


  4. John E. Howe permalink
    March 28, 2010

    I just bought your book (Beginning Mac Programming) yesterday and must say that over the course of my 25 year IT career I have read MANY technical books and manuals and simply yours is one of the absolute best that I have ever read. The book is dead-on for the intended target of a brand new developer. Many writers are so far removed from what an entry-level person needs that they loose them early into their book. Most writers also use the book to prove to themselves and their peers how smart they are and almost appear to refuse to bring themselves down to the level or their audience.

    I am half way through your book despite just purchasing it yesterday. I am very much enjoying the book and believe it to be worth every penny of the purchase price.

    Thank you for writing such a Great Book.

    – John E. Howe

  5. June 30, 2010

    Hi Tim, I would just like to reiterate what John Howe above has stated, your Beginning Mac Programming is an excellent book. I am reading four books on the go while studying Objective C and yours has to be the best because so far – up to Chapter 4 you have not lost me. So great. However, I am writing with a query In Chapter 4 I am doing the sample on textview and I have double checked all the hand written code and I am receiving a message entitled Issues because Interface 3.2 cannot cope with insert text. So everything succeeds but does not print out on the screen. I downloaded up to date SDK recently so I was wondering if you have any thoughts on this.

  6. admin permalink*
    June 30, 2010

    Hi Brian, please email me a copy of your project so far and I’ll take a look (zip up the entire directory containing the project and all code files–though you can safely remove the Build directory entirely if upload speed is a problem).

    Is the problem that you aren’t able to make the connection from the delegate object to the text view inside Interface Builder, or that the connection is made but the text doesn’t appear?

    I’ve just built a quick test project in Xcode 3.2.3 and the insertText: method seems to be working ok.

  7. mdeh permalink
    June 18, 2011

    Thanks for updating the information for Xcode 4. Much appreciated.

  8. Dionne permalink
    September 19, 2011

    Hello Tim,

    I just purchased your book last night from Barnes & Noble.
    I’m so excited about learning.
    Most importantly, I just wanted to say thank you so much as well for updating the information for Xcode 4. I’m on chapter 2. It’s going well.

    Thanks again. :-)

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