Learn Cocoa on the Mac by Jack Nutting

By Jack Nutting

Jack Nutting has performed, labored and grew to become Cocoa (and it really is NeXTStep predecessor) within out because the 80s. you can find that. He understands not just how but in addition why. And he stocks that wisdom during this book.

Cocoa is a big scope. An introductory publication needs to pick out what's most crucial to benefit first. This ebook does that. additionally, it's a nice creation to Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter...ehh, I suggest Xcode and Interface Builder. the single factor that the booklet calls for is that the reader has uncomplicated wisdom in Objective-C.

One of my rules as a author is that extra photos and less phrases, does not make it tougher to understand - rather the opposite. This ebook is richly illustrated with reveal pictures, and the language is either basic and efficient.

This is a booklet if you happen to eventually are looking to begin to enforce a killer app for the Mac desktop.

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Notice the seven small tabs that span the top of the window. When pressed, each tab will turn the window into one of seven different inspector types. There is also a keyboard shortcut for each of the inspectors, starting with 1 to go to the left-most inspector (the attributes inspector, which you’ll use the most) through 7 for the right-most inspector. Table 2–1 lists the command-key equivalents for each of the seven inspectors. Table 2–1. Key Combination Shortcuts for Interface Builder’s Inspectors Key Combination Inspector 1 Attribute Inspector 2 Effects Inspector 3 Size Inspector 4 Bindings Inspector 5 Connections Inspector 6 Identity Inspector 7 AppleScript Inspector The Attributes Inspector Let’s start off with a look at the attributes inspector.

The inspector is typically closed when you launch Interface Builder for the first time. The inspector is a context-sensitive window that displays information about the currently selected object. Click a window and the inspector displays information about that window (see Figure 2–9). Click your label and the inspector displays information about that label. You get the idea. Figure 2–9. The inspector showing attributes for the window CHAPTER 2: Hello, World Take a look at the inspector window shown in Figure 2–9.

A dot should appear on either side of the label. These dots are resize handles, which allow you to change the size of the selected item. Most objects in Interface Builder have four resize handles, one in each corner, which allow you to adjust the size in all four directions. Certain items, like labels, only have two resize handles. The label’s attributes CHAPTER 2: Hello, World (the size of its font in particular) determine the vertical size of the label. You don’t change the height of the label by resizing it.

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