Looking for a quick, basic GUI reference

Nibbie
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Post: #1
Hello.

For some background, I'm starting to learn how to work with Cocoa and Objective C. I have a little programming background in Basic and C++, so I'm not a complete beginner to programming in general. My main focus is to become familiar with the environment and tools.

I'm looking for a quick guide for the basics with the Cocoa API, like getting the text from a text box. When I search online and Xcode's research assistant, I get bogged down with unnecessary information, and it becomes difficult to find the specific method I need. As of now, I don't need know about the background color of such 'n such element, I just want to have a quick document to look up for simple controls, like reading the value of sliders and combo boxes.
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Post: #2
The built in Xcode documentation is best for this. It is easy to scroll through all the available calls. You can also search on cocoabuilder.com for specific issues.

Kyle Richter
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Post: #3
Yes, the built-in documentation works great for me too. There should be a bookmark on the lower left called AppKit reference which is very handy.

The standard reference that many of us started Cocoa with is Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X. Among many other things, it has a little section on getting/setting info for a few popular controls.

Otherwise there are a few useful sites out there like http://cocoadevcentral.com/ and http://cocoadev.com/
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Nibbie
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Post: #4
Thanks. Looks like I've got a bit more reading to do.
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