Programming Cocoa with Ruby: Create Compelling Mac Apps Using RubyCocoa
by Brian Marick
Programming Cocoa with Ruby
Create Compelling Mac Apps Using RubyCocoa
by Brian Marick
Programming Cocoa with Ruby brings together two enthusiastic development
communities. Ruby programmers will tell you how productive
they are with just the right amount of code. Cocoa developers
know the importance of a clean, intuitive interface.
Now, through Programming Cocoa with Ruby, the joy of Cocoa meets the joy of Ruby.
About this Title
Release: P1.0 (2009-08-04)
This is a book for the Ruby programmer who’s never written a Mac app before. Through this hands-on tutorial, you’ll learn all about the Cocoa framework for programming on Mac OS X. Join the author’s journey as this experienced Ruby programmer delves into the Cocoa framework right from the beginning, answering the same questions and solving the same problems that you’ll face.
Together you’ll build a single application that threads throughout the book, and it’s not a toy. You’ll cover topics that may not be the flashiest parts of Cocoa, but they’re ones you’ll need to know to create robust, feature-rich applications for yourself. And you’ll learn more than just Cocoa and RubyCocoa, you’ll get first-hand effective agile development practices. You’ll see test-first development of user-interface code, little domain-specific languages that take advantage of Ruby features, and other Rubyish tricks.
At the end of the book, you’ll be ready to write a real Mac OS X application that can be distributed to real users.
Project Organization, Builds, and Your Favorite Editor
Declarative Data Handling
Persistent User Preferences
Creating A Preference Panel in a New Nib
Implementing a Preference Panel with Cocoa Bindings
Setting Up Bindings with Code
Fun with Tables
Prologue: Folders and Tests
Selections and Editing
Buttons in Tables
A Formatter with Two Wrinkles
Picking Files with Open Panels
Drag and Drop
Epilogue: A Wonderful World of Tests
Fit and Finish
The Objective-C Bridge and Bridge Metadata
The Underpinnings of Cocoa Bindings
Brian Marick learned Ruby in 2001 because Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt, original authors of Programming Ruby, wouldn’t let him off a shuttle bus until he said he would. He’s been programming in it ever since, and he’s made a special effort to teach it to software testers. His previous book is Everyday Scripting with Ruby, which began as a tutorial for those very testers.
He’s not a Ruby programmer by trade. He makes most of his money as a consultant in the Agile methodologies. (After getting off the shuttle bus, he was one of the authors of the “Manifesto for Agile Software Development”.)