Resources For Getting Started with Objective-C and Developing for the iPhone


May 28th, 2008
at 3:59 pm

Posted in iPhone

I’ve been going back-n-forth with myself lately on whether or not I should make the leap into learning Objective-C. For the record, all my development experience has been on the web, aside from a little Java a few years back this will be a big jump for me. I’m still not certain, but man is that iPhone shiney. I think the real selling point for me is how Apple will handle distributing / selling the applications. Regardless of that, here are a few links that have helped me on my way:

The iPhone Software Developers Kit(SDK):

You can download this free of charge from the iPhone Developer Program page on Apple’s website:

Apple’s Own Documentation:

NOTE: These links require you to be a registered iPhone Developer, which you can do for free at:

Introduction to Cocoa Application Tutorial
I started with this tutorial, although the syntax of Objective-C is completly foriegn to me, it allowed me to get up to speed on a lot of the tools you’ll need to create a desktop or iPhone application.

Object-Oriented Programming with Objective-C
I jumped to this one next, but you might want to dig around in their documentaiton first, there are some great getting started guides.

Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (3rd Edition)

Every Apple developer I’ve talked to has pointed me to this book. Unfortunately this version won’t be out until later this month, if you’re impatient I’m sure you’ll be able to google around and find the 2nd Edtion in pdf form.

That’s all for now.

Hopefully this will give you a little motivation to make that leap if you’ve been on the fence about it. Like I said before, I have no Objective-C, C, C++ experience, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway.

If you do decide to try it out leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter. I probably won’t be able to help at first, but it would be nice to work along side some other developers just getting started as well.

7 Responses so far. Add Yours.

  1. Jeff Monday June 23rd, 2008 10:33am

    I’m just getting started to, I’ll be sure to check out that book.

    Great design btw.

  2. Kenny Saunders Monday June 23rd, 2008 10:36am

    Thanks Jeff.

    I’d also recommend checking out the “Learn Objective-C” & “C Tutorial for Cocoa” tutorials on

    I went back and read these too before finishing Hillegass’s book.

  3. Humphrey Wednesday July 30th, 2008 4:32am

    What an amazing design!

  4. admin Wednesday July 30th, 2008 7:06am

    Thanks Humphrey, hopefully my freelance work will die down soon, and I’ll actually finish it.

  5. Randall Cross Tuesday August 12th, 2008 9:03am

    Hey Humphrey. Great site. Very inspiring. I am in the same boat. I have so many ideas for the iPhone and I’m not really afraid to just suck it up and learn something entirely new. It’s nice to know others like you are trying and documenting.



  6. Randall Cross Tuesday August 12th, 2008 9:04am

    Whoops. I mean thanks Kenny! That’s what you get for not double checking the name at the top.

  7. name Sunday August 31st, 2008 10:46pm

    Good day!,

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