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Macintosh Programming: Printed Resources

See also: Apple's Technical Reference Library

Apple titles, and many useful third-party titles, are published by Addison-Wesley

Most titles may be ordered from APDA

New Inside Mac

Most titles are available on-line from Apple's Inside Mac folder

For quick-reference lookup on-line, Apple offers the Macintosh Programmer's Toolbox Assistant

New additions to the series include smaller format titles on some of Apple's latest technology:

Apple Guide Complete
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-48334-3, book/CD-ROM; $39.95 U.S.

3D Graphics Programming with QuickDraw 3D
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-48926-0, book/CD-ROM, 496 pages; $39.95 U.S.
Also available on-line in HTML!

Advanced Color Imaging on the Mac OS
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-48949-X, book/CD-ROM, 352 pages; $36.95 U.S.

AppleScript Language Guide
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-40735-3, 380 pages; $29.95 U.S.

AppleScript Scripting Additions Guide
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-40736-1, 116 pages; $18.95 U.S.

AppleScript Finder Guide

Do not forget to check out the Technotes!

Human Interface

Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines ( HIG on-line)
The key to "Making it Macintosh".
(See also Electronic Guide to Macintosh Human Interface Design, the CD-ROM companion.)

Tog on Interface by Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-60842-1, paperback, 352 pages; $29.95 U.S.

The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design Edited by Brenda Laurel
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-51797-3, paperback, 523 pages; $34.95 U.S.

Programming as if People Mattered by Nathaniel Borenstein
"Friendly Programs, Software Engineering, and Other Noble Delusions"

Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (Second Edition) by Ben Shneiderman
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-57286-9, hardcover, 573 pages

Human-Computer Interaction by Jenny Preece with Yvonne Rogers, Helen Sharp, David Benyon, Simon Holland, and Tom Carey
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-62769-9, hardcover, 773 pages

Apple Fellow Donald Norman has published several books exploring how humans interact with technology:

Things That Make Us Smart
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-62695-0, 1993 softcover, 290 pages: $15 U.S.

Turn Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-62236-X, 1992 softcover, 205 pages: $10.95 U.S.

The Design of Everyday Things
Doubleday: ISBN 0-385-26774-6, 1988 softcover, 257 pages: $15 U.S.


Apple's quarterly journal (with CD-ROM) of programming articles and topics, often on the latest Apple technology. A very good bargain.
(DEVELOP Journal and Inside Mac on CD-ROM)
(Back issues can also be found at Develop on-line.)

Apple Directions
"Apple Directions, the developer business report, communicates Apple's strategic, business, and technical directions every month..."

Apple Directions Express
Sign up to receive Apple Directions Express!

Third Party

Just some highlights of commonly highly recommended books.

How to Write Macintosh Software (Third Edition) by Scott Knaster
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-60805-7, 423 pages; $28.95 U.S.

Macintosh Programming Secrets (Second Edition) by Scott Knaster & Keith Rollin
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0201-58134-5, 536 pages; $29.95 U.S.

Debugging Macintosh Software with MacsBug by Konstantin Othmer & Jim Straus
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-57049-1, book/disk, 547 pages; $34.95 U.S.
(MacBug 6.2 comes on a disk, though a newer version is available.)

A Fragment of Your Imagination: Code Fragments and Code Resources for Power Macintosh and Macintosh Programmers by Joe Zobkiw
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-48358-0, book/CD-ROM, 528 pages; $39.95 U.S.
Also see the Fragment web site

Programming Starter Kit for Macintosh by Jim Trudeau
Hayden: ISBN 1-56830-174-X, 1995
View the Table of Contents and two chapters from the book.
Additions, Corrections, and Updates

Tricks of the Mac Game Programming Gurus
Hayden: ISBN 1-56830-183-9, 1995; $50 U.S.

MacTech magazine

ResEdit Complete
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-55075-X; $29.95 U.S.
(ResEdit on-line.)

The Tao of AppleScript (Second Edition) by Derrick Schneider & Hans Hansen
Hayden: ISBN 1-56830-115-4, 1994; $29.95 U.S.
(Comes with AppleScript 1.1)

The Complete AppleScript Handbook by Danny Goodman
Random House Electronic Publishing, ISBN 0-679-79148-5: $35.00
(Only known to come with AppleScript 1.0)

Danny Goodman's Apple Guide Starter Kit by Danny Goodman and Jeremy Joan Hewes
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-48349-1, paperback/disk, 320 pages; $34.95 U.S.

Learn C on the Macintosh (Second Edition) by Dave Mark
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-48406-4, book/CD-ROM, 496 pages: $34.95 U.S.

Have one of Dave Mark's earlier books? You can download the source code

Mastering the THINK Class Library: Using Symantec C++ and Visual Architect by Richard O. Parker
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-48356-4, paperback, 496 pages; $29.95 U.S.

Related Subject Books

Inside Taligent Technology by Sean Cotter, with Mike Potel, Vice President of Technology
Addison-Wesley: ISBN 0-201-40970-4, paperback, 476 pages; $29.95 U.S.
Taligent's web site

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