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I'm a current CS student, and I'd like to get into Obj-C on the side. The problem is every time I find a Obj-C book and open it, it starts off talking about "for loops" and "if statements" and moves onto (towards the end of the book) objects and classes. However, I've known all this stuff since before even coming to college.

I'd like to jump in and start learning GUI's, but every book I find doesn't come close to teaching that far. Do you have any suggestions on places to learn more about building GUI based programs for Mac OSX? Thanks!

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The Objective-C Programming Language is a good place to start if you need to learn the syntax. –  ughoavgfhw Aug 27 '11 at 17:15
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If you're looking for stuff that's specific to "building GUI based programs for Mac OS X", then I think the best book is The Bible:

Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X (3E) by Aaron Hillegass

This is widely regard as the book for getting in to Mac programming. If you want a book for getting in to iOS programming, that's a whole 'nother ball game. There are a myriad of them, and another dozen or so are published every month (or so it seems like).

As a heads up, the 4th edition is coming out this November, and is available for pre-order.

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