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Michael Keesling
Michael Keesling
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At what point do I start understanding how to use this?

I know what I am doing, but I don't know how I can use it to make something. I understand that I am like a monkey sitting in a space shuttle. But when will it stop looking like i'm just smacking buttons to mimic the video guy and start understanding why I'm smacking those buttons?

2 Answers

Objective-C is quite confusing for a beginner. Coming from languages like PHP, Java, and Javascript, seeing the syntax of C and Objective-C confused me a lot. Using the videos on here (for me) is not enough to learn the language. I recommend using two books to follow along with the course on Treehouse: "Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide" and "Programming in Objective-C". Personally I watched a few videos, and said "I have no idea wth is going on." I then read the first part of "Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide" and quickly understood the C language. Once you get to Objective-C and begin learning OOP with Obj-C, I recommend going to the other book.

Also, take a look at the programming language, Swift. Apple recently announced that it will be their new language for developing software. It has a more familiar syntax if you know Java or PHP. Objective-C will still be supported though.

Personally I do better learning from a book than video because I like to refer back the text and my notes.

BNR is a very good resource to have.