Thursday, March 11, 2010

iphone/ipad classes

Hello everyone, been a while since I last posted. Got a little side-tracked and the material was a lot for me to get  my head around being a newbie programmer and all. So I decided to take some courses. I am taking a six pak course from Mr. Gary Bennett at and I am taking an objective-c course from Mr. Stephen Kochan at Mr Bennett is the author of the book iPhone cool projects and Mr Kochan is the author of the book Programming in objective c 2.0/\. So far these courses are awesome I am truly learning like never before. If you get the chance you ought to check them out if you are interested in programming for the mac/iphone/ipad.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Good site on C programming on the Mac!!!

   Hey everyone I have been doing a lot of googling  to find a supplement to Learn Program C on the Mac because I feel that it doesn't give enough exercises. It's a very good book don't get me wrong but I think it needs exercises so that it will be easier to actually create programs. Anyway I found a link to a site by the authors of this series at This is a pretty decent site. I found another site called Masters of the Void that seems good and I think I'll go through instead of the Dummies book.

   I haven't done much studying today yet, which is what I'm about to start after I post this. I just found these two sites and wanted to let anyone who reads this, if anyone at alldoes, to be able to find these sites. I am also very excited about some documentaries that are coming on CNBC this week. Welcome to Macintosh, MacHeads, and Planet of the Apps. These all look very interesting and I am looking forward to watching them this week.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone.
   I have made it through 4 chapters of Learn C on the Mac. I learned about functions, function declarations, and function prototypes and the printf() function of C's stdio which is included in most if not all of the programs in this book in the form of #include . I've also been using another book as reference while I've been going through this one, C for Dummies, which I've using more as a supplement for programming exercises because C for the Mac seems to lack enough exercises. Of course I am having to ignore some of the content because its geared toward dos. Also when it starts a program it starts with void main() instead of int main() or int main (int argc, const char * argv[]). At the moment though I don't understand the difference betweenint main() or int main (int argc, const char * argv[]), but I am sure I will find. Normally I am very OCD and I would have googled it already but I am trying not to go off on too many tangents.
   Well I made a New Year resolution regarding this my programming in that I decided to spend at least 2 1/2 to 3 hours every day either programming or going through my books in order to become the best programmer that I can be.
   I guess that is all for now, wish me luck and if you have any helpful tips they are appreciated.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The beginning!!!

Hello, everyone. My name is Chris Patton and this is going to be about my journey in becoming an iphone developer. For the last couple of years I have wanted to become a programmer but have never buckled down and done so. When I was a teen I use to make program with QBASIC, but that is the real extent of my programming experience. I have browsed through books on java and visual c# but i have never been enthusiastic enough with the platforms until i got my iphone.
   The iPhone is an amazing piece of technology and the possibilities seem to be limitless. I am hoping that I will be able to develop the skills to enter the tech field in iPhone/mobile development or either start my own business in iPhone/mobile(android, but thats a distant goal after I finish this one) development.
   The books I will be going through are as follows: Learn C on the Mac by Dave Mark; Learn Objective-C on the Mac by Mark Dalrymple and Scott Knaster; Programming in Objective-C 2.0 by  Stephen G. Kochan; Beginning iPhone Development 3 by Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche; and Learn Cocoa on the Mac by Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche.
  Well these are the books that I will be going through. As a programming beginner I have my work cut out for me and probably a difficult journey as well.
   Please wish me luck....