NextStep/Openstep Developer Book Resources

From time to time people are looking for information on programming books. So here is a list that should get you started. If you wish to add to this list, please send me e-mail with your notes similar to mine, and I'll add the title.

Please note that all the confirmed titles refer to Nextstep 3.3 and earlier. I currently do not have any references for the Openstep API.

Latest Books Announced or Rumored:

NEXTSTEP/OpenStep Programming---STEP TWO: Enterprise Object Solutions [Forthcoming]

Programming with Openstep 4.0
Author: Ballew
Publisher: Springer Verlag New York, Inc., 1996.
ISBN: 0-387-94144-4

Openstep for Enterprises
(Advanced OpenStep Programming)

Author: Craighill, Nancy Knoll or Nancy Craighill
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Inc., 1996.
ISBN: 0-471-30859-5

Developing Business Applications with Openstep
Author: Nick Gervae and Pete Clark
Publisher: Springer Verlag New York, Inc.
ISBN: 0-387-94852-X

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STEP ONE: Object-Oriented Applications

Author: Simson L. Garfinkel and Michael K. Mahoney
Publisher: Telos
ISBN: 0-378-97884-4
ISBN: 3-540-97884-4 (there are two)
Copyright: 1993

Covers the basics to some advanced topics. Through and generally easy to follow. This is a programmers book, not a designers. Comes with disk with book sample code.

NeXTSTEP Programming
Concepts and Applications

Author: Alex Duong Nghiem
Publisher: P T R Prentice Hall Inc.
ISBN: 0-13-605916-3
Copyright: 1993

Focuses on design and style. Clear with sample code. Has a whole chapter on Object Oriented Design which he follows throughout the book.

Developing NeXTSTEP Applications
Author: Gene Backlin
Publisher: Sams Publishing
ISBN: 0-672-30658-1
Copyright: 1995

In its 588 pages this book covers a great deal of ground. It contains a great deal of code and pictures that clearly explain what you should be seeing as your working with Interface Builder. The book explains all the basics, but also discusses the Objective-C language, Object-Oriented Design, Drag & Drop, and Distributed Objects. It also contains a disk.

Writing NeXT Programs
An Introduction to NeXTstep

Author: Ann Weintz
Publisher: BoardWalk Publishing
ISBN: (none)
Copyright: 1991

A bit dated, this book does a reasonable job explaining the basics. Its poor table of contents and lack of an index means you have to remember where to find things, or make you own index. It should be illegal for a publisher to produce a book of this type without an index.

Programming the Display Postscript System with NeXTstep
Author: Adobe Systems Incorporated
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 0-201-58135-3
Copyright: 1992

Detail of Display Postscript and using it from Objective-C. This is a very in depth book that even covers details of efficiency. Not for the faint of heart.

Author: Next Computer, Inc.
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 0-201-63251-9
Copyright: 1993

This is more of a technical book about the Objective-C language, and less of a programming book. Understanding the content of this book will help you through your Objective-C career.