There are more resources for working with Cocoa and Objective-C than there are for REALbasic and Applescript combined. The following are just the ones that I keep coming back to after reading Apple’s documentation and something doesn’t make sense:

  • Stackoverflow - An obvious one nowadays. I find it similar to the myriad of code snippets sites, but with robust and better qualified content.
  • Cocoa Dev - It seems to be an active site, but even if it isn’t a lot of content is still relevant even though the format is a bit wonky.
  • Cocoa Dev Central - The parent site to CocoaDev and one of the best resources for beginning Cocoa developers programmers by far.
  • Cocoabuilder - Essentially, a public archive of Apple’s Cocoa-dev mailing list. Apple makes their list public as well, but this usually comes up in web search results more often.
  • Welcome, new Cocoa or Cocoa Touch programmer. Here are some things you will need to know. If you can’t be bothered to read any of the above, you need—need—to read this one. I come back to it every once in a while to remind me of the basics or to get a sense of context before heading into something new in Cocoa.
  • iPhone Development Emergency Guide - Another great quick summary.

About the snippets

Some of the snippets here document the non-obvious, but the real focus so far has been collecting those snippets that get me up and running in a short period of time so that I can just get straight to work. So, while there is nothing terribly clever contained in these pages, there is a lot of good stuff for anyone who is just getting started. Some of these are rather old and a better snapshot of my work can be found on my GitHub account.