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Following Aaron Hillegass' "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X", to some extent.

README.markdown

Cocoa Play

Fuck if I know. Just following the Hillegass book. Or rather, trying to. Cocoa and Objective-C are really hard for me, for whatever reason.

Structure

As I go through the Hillegass book, I'm making every change described in the book (even those which you are not instructed to make). You should be able to link any example of code in the Hillegass book here on GitHub in this repository fairly easily.

I'm dropping a git tag every time I finish a chapter's instructions (even if later chapters modify the code / project that was created), so you can see the 'completed state' of the project of any chapter by clicking on a given tag in the 'tags' dropdown at the top of this project's GitHub page, and choosing a chapter's tag.

I also tag standalone 'challenges' of the sort that Hillegass provides, when I complete them. Remember that the challenges are freeform, and my code/implementation is likely to differ from yours - in some cases, it doesn't even look all that similar to the screenshots provided in the Hillegass book.

Interface Builder note

It's worth noting that, due to my obsession with git, I'm manually policing every change that Interface Builder makes to the XIB files in this repository, so they aren't as trashy as most Cocoa project's diffs are. If you're like me, and always ignore changes to those files in most repositories when browsing commit histories, please don't ignore such changes here. I'm going to a lot of work to make them human-readable and clean, so please go peruse them! Maybe you will learn something about the structure of XIB files through doing so (though I doubt it'll be as much as I've learned through said hand-editing!)

Update: I've taken the time to write up an extremely (int|ext)ensive blog post about these topics, describing everything that I've learned, throughout this project, about XIB files and how to git-version them safely/cleanly. If you're at all considering working on a Cocoa project and storing that project in a source control repository, you really should read it:

http://blog.elliottcable.name/posts/git_versioning_interface_builder_s_xib_files.xhtml

On a related note, I occasionally make extremely granular commit streams to this repository, going through a save/police/interactive-stage/commit process after I drag any item, change any attribute, or do anything else, in the Interface Builder. If you're following this repository, that may get annoying — I apologize, but it's necessary for me to be able to break down exactly what Interface Builder is doing in the future when I come back to learn from this repository.

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