Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Lion App Development in 24 Hours

by Kevin Hoffman

Series: Sams Teach Yourself -- Hours

Subject categories
  • 9780672335815
  • 9780132900591
  • 9780132900638

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you can master Mac OS X Lion development from the ground up, and start writing tomorrow’s most exciting iOS-style Mac apps! Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll get comfortable with Apple’s powerful new development tools and techniques, build engaging user interfaces, integrate data and web services, and take advantage of Apple’s latest innovations…everything from gestures and multitouch to iCloud and In-App Purchasing. Every lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success!


Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Mac OS X Lion development tasks.

Quizzes at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.

By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.

Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks.

Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.


Printed in full color—figures and code appear as they do in Xcode

  • Get started fast with Mac Developer Center, XCode, Objective-C, and Cocoa
  • Programmatically control OS X Lion’s powerful new features
  • Work with Cocoa’s powerful Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern
  • Safely manage memory and fix leaks
  • Create robust, engaging, highly interactive user interfaces
  • Organize Cocoa layouts, controls, bindings, tables, and collections
  • Support gestures and multi-touch events
  • Define user defaults and provide Preference Panes
  • Work with documents, versions, and iOS-style Autosave
  • Make the most of notifications, alerts, sheets, and popovers
  • Use images and animation to make apps more powerful—and more fun
  • Use Core Data to cleanly integrate data into your apps
  • Query and submit data to web services
  • Submit apps to the Mac App Store
  • Support In-App Purchases with StoreKit


  • Pearson Education; March 2012
  • ISBN: 9780132900591
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Lion App Development in 24 Hours
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself -- Hours
  • Author: Kevin Hoffman
  • Imprint: Sams Publishing
Subject categories
  • 9780672335815
  • 9780132900591
  • 9780132900638

About The Author

Kevin Hoffman has been programming since he was 10 years old, when he got his start writing BASIC programs on a Commodore VIC-20. Since then, he has been obsessed with building software and doing so with clean, elegant, simple code in as many languages as he can learn. He has presented twice at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, guest lectured at Columbia University on iPhone programming, and built several iOS Apps available in the App Store. He is currently Vice President, Global Information Technology for Barclays Capital, where he is involved in all aspects of the software life cycle—from testing standards to coding standards and from architecture to implementation of powerful, high-volume, low-latency systems.