"Mac OS X provides you with a full suite of free developer tools to prototype, compile, debug, and optimize your applications, speeding up your development cycle."
Go get em.
Yeah, I'm actually extremely interested in learning to develop applications (Mac only) as a hobby. I have some really great ideas, but barely a clue on how to put them to use.
As a HS student, my budget isnt exaclty high... in fact the roof's just about at the level of my head.. so spending little or no money is an important factor.
My house has an intel machine, but my personal one that I'd be using is an iMac G5 17" 1.9 GHz machine with just 512 MB of ram and a 160 GB HD with about 80 GB left.
Where should I go/what should I do/what should I buy to learn to develop?
Thanks in advanced
programming is EXTREMELY confusing when you want to start it. I ahve asked on these forums about developing on a Mac only to reach to no conclusion.
R Proffit and everyone out there: Please help us beginners out by spoon feeding us. We dont understand a thing of all this jargon. Let em tell you what i know about programming:
C and C++ and C# are languages
A language tells a computer what to do
You neeed a compiler to make the program
I think xcode is a compiler
Java is a language
Perl Python are languages
Well I think thats all I know and ppl try to tell me stuff that I dont understand. Books: They ahve too much boring material about the authors life and all that foreward and introduction stuff without getting to the point.
PLZ HELP US PLZ
I didnt realize Apple had guides on its website. I did not see anything called "Hello World" but I will read there Getting Started with Tools documents.
My first code was for a GE-210 computer way back when. It took me about 2 months to learn enough about the machine and it's language to write my first program. Today many people want instant results without the usual investment of time.
The language of that day was assembler and it was great since it formed some deep understanding of what was going on inside the beast. The next year I took a class in Fortran IV and PL/1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLI PL 1 never paid off but learning Fortran helped since it was a 'root' language for many other languages to come.
Today I have projects the use C, Visual Basic, SQL, HTML and of course assembler.
Hope this gives you an idea what's involved and by all means stick with it.
About HELLO WORLD. It's the basic code that gets you your first sign of life from your selected language. More reading at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello_world_program
A list of 300 versions of Hello World is noted but 99 bottles of beer has a bigger following with 1089 language versions at http://www.99-bottles-of-beer.net/
I want to be kind with this post but if it seams otherwise then please forgive me.
With any desire to learn there are usually many possible actions, key word being action. If you want the skills badly enough, you will do the work. Learning programming is probably one of the easiest and toughest work. Easy in that you can pick up a few tricks but not program much of anything useful or tough in that you need to really buckle down if you intend to create what your ideas say you should.
What to do? I would either get past the "too boring to read" block or realize my maturity level is just not there yet. To assist, I would then look for night classes even if not credit earning. There are usually institutions presenting such classes. I would do this if I talked honestly to myself and realized that I am just not ready to teach myself.
Wow. You programmers are really the problem here. This guy is just asking for a little direction, not about your personal feelings on how to learn.
OK, so I know this is really late, but this is for those people who see this post from afterward.
The Apple documentation is great, but only if you know C. Which it says in the disclaimer right at the top of the page on Obj-C.
The preferred language for OSX is Objective-C
Objective-C is an 'extension' to C, regarded as the most versatile language out there. Start with C programming.
Here's some resources for C, Obj-C, and learning to program for the Mac.
There are many more but this will get people started.
thanks GururamaFam, ooops I mean FuturamaFan
guru, means 'teacher'... and that for sure is what you are. Thank you for giving discrete information without being 'i learned the hard way so you will have to also'. The original question was asked by a young person; they learn to teach others the way their elders teach them.
As a teacher myself with the street creds to show for it, your helpfulness, and heartfulness, is way more useful to those who are just starting out, than projections onto strangers about their supposed lack of maturity or whatever else
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My name is Ed Rickman, spent several years developing for ibm main-frames bal cobol idms cics, etc. I have some experience using BASIC and than is as modern as my exposure gets (I'm 69 years old). I wnt to develop a data collection application for personal use and have no clue how to start or which tools would work best for me. I can't even figure out how to access the development tools on my IMAC. Can anybody get me started. I love dog racing and want to develop a handicapping application that can scan the daily program pulling selected fields into a database then add data from the results (also in text format) to the database, then produce reports and queries to analyze the data. thank you
Open iTunes and near the top right is a TAB titled "iTunes U". Click that and the find in the upper right teh "University and Colleges" LINK and click that.
This will open a large list of Universities and Colleges who have FREE learning modules that you can view on-line. You may be able to search for exactly the language you want to learn, I don't know for sure.
But, here's a starter. Go down to the "R" section and Select the Rock Valley College. There is a course on that list that is titled - I think - Beginning Visual Basic - Course No. 180. Sit back, listen, and then go hack away!!
You MAY even find some basic learning modules for X-Code apps, etc.
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