The Objective C Programming Language

3 Day Course

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Jumping straight in to learning iOS or OSX app programming without understanding the fundamentals of Objective-C first can be a challenge to even the most experienced developers. With all of the framework libraries, tools an techniques involved there is simply too much to learn on top of learning the language. This course will give you a good understanding of Objective-C first and will lead you naturally into app development where you can focus on the key frameworks, techniques and tools used to develop apps for those platforms.

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Module 1 - Introducing Objective-C (5 topics)

  • A bit of history
  • Overview of Objective-C
  • XCode Overview
  • Anatomy of an Objective-C application

Module 2 - Data Types (5 topics)

  • Scalar and Object Types
  • Declaring and using variables
  • Working with pointers
  • Constants and enumerations

Module 3 - Core Language Elements (4 topics)

  • Math and Logic operations
  • Making decisions
  • Loops and iteration

Module 4 - Classes and Objects (6 topics)

  • Defining classes
  • Adding class variables
  • Controlling access to class data
  • Creating and calling methods
  • Working with objects

Module 5 - Properties (7 topics)

  • Overview of properties
  • Creating properties
  • Controlling property access
  • Property attributes
  • Custom properties
  • Key value coding

Module 6 - Understanding memory management (6 topics)

  • Memory management overview
  • Reference counting explained
  • Manual retain release (MRR)
  • Automatic reference counting (ARC)
  • Configuring and migrating to ARC

Module 7 - Using Inheritance and Polymorphism (8 topics)

  • OO Concepts
  • Inheritance in Objective-C
  • Method overriding
  • Working with generic objects
  • Polymorphism
  • Objective-C and the dynamic runtime
  • Message forwarding

Module 8 - Extending classes with protocols and categories (6 topics)

  • Defining contracts with protocols
  • Implementing a protocol
  • Events sources and delegation
  • Selectors and callbacks
  • Extending existing classes with Categories

Module 9 - Functions and Blocks (3 topics)

  • Working with C Functions
  • Programming with Blocks

Module 10 - Working with key framework classes (7 topics)

  • NSString
  • NSMutableString
  • NSArray
  • NSMutableArray
  • NSDictionary
  • NSMutableDictionary

Module 11 - Bringing it all together (6 topics)

  • Overview of an iPhone app
  • Views and View Controllers
  • Understanding table views
  • Populating a table view
  • The final project


Delegates for this course need to be competent programmers in another programming language and have an understanding of object oriented programming principals.

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