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To make a great Mac app, you need to learn and do many things, but the tools make it easy to get a simple app up and running. The tutorial Your First Mac App introduces the tools, the fundamental design patterns, and the application development process. As you follow the tutorial, you create an app that simulates a volume control—allowing multiple forms of input to affect the same control. The simple steps in the tutorial introduce elegant, useful concepts that you use over and over again in app development.

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Your First Mac App is the longest article in the road map, but don’t rush through it. It lays the foundation for the concepts that you will learn more about later. Each of the other articles expands on one of those concepts.

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