Objective-c is a highly dynamic message-based object-oriented language, superset of C, that is a primarily used for programming Apple's Mac OS X and iOS platforms.

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Does variable type specification leads to any performance difference?

This question sits in my head for a long time now. Let's say I have a very long method which basically creates a responsive and resizable layout for a user interface by using a few fixed values, ...
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Which design pattern to choose when supporting multiple analytic tools?

I have spent quite some time learning all possible design patterns but I cannot find the ideal one for the following case. I am developing an iOS app where we are using multiple analytics tools like ...
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Do nested conditionals have a significant performance impact? [duplicate]

This is a question that lives in my mind from a long time. Does the use of multiple nested conditional statements impact the performance of a taken code? So far I know that programmers have created a ...
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Mixing OOP and Non-OOP

I'm working on a command line interface text based game. I'm writing it in C but there are various ways in which I could refactor the code by using Objective-C: using NSDictionary to allow me to ...
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Swift: Creating an empty array [closed]

The following: var emptyArray = [String](); What do I need the parentheses () for? [String] says, that the array accepts strings only. But why do I have to put the () there?
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Xcode rolling video architecture

I am going to writing an App that records video but to save on memory space I want to allow the user to continually record and then, when something happens, they can save that period of time (post the ...
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Why does Swift not require semicolons? [closed]

I normally code in either c# or Objective-C and recently took it upon myself to learn Apple's new programming language - Swift. The first thing I noticed is that you don't need to add semicolons to ...
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Why does Objective-C store objects on the heap instead of on the stack?

I have a basic understanding of what a "stack" and "heap" are. You use a stack to store items in memory that should be read and/or removed in a last-in-first-read/removed manner. To steal another ...
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Securing a private API used by an iOS App

I have an app that uses an API server and I do not want to have anything other than it to be able to use that API. I know this isn't totally possible, but I want to do what I can. I don't think my ...
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How do you define stateless methods while keeping them together in Objective-C?

I have a few methods which are stateless: loginWithEmail: password: completion: signUpWithEmail: password: completion: resetPasswordForUsername: completion: Currently what I do is I create a class ...
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Why isn't the isa pointer hardwired in Objective-C classes?

I've been studying the Objective-C runtime for some years, and even hacked libobjc a little bit (both Apple's and GNUStep's), and I've been wondering about a design decision on the compilers. Every ...
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Why can't I use an operator like plus sign to concatenate strings? [closed]

Why in Objective-C we should be typing explicit references to methods like stringByAppendingString to concatenate strings, when in some other languages we can use operators for that? For example, ...
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Is Apple sample code the “correct” way to go?

I'm in a place were I know how to build apps and have submitted at least 5 for different clients to the app store and wanted to step up my game. So of course I went to Apple resources and analyse the ...
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Why check if object is nil

What's the point of the if statement in the following code: - (NSArray *)myMethod { NSArray *array = nil; if (!array) { array = [[NSArray alloc] initWithObjects...] } return ...
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Abstracting AutoLayout sensibly - why is this so conceptually tough and where should I begin?

Below are some babbling, probably incoherent thoughts, but I am so stuck on this problem and I feel like an elegant solution is possible. Though it is indisputably awesome, and makes programatic view ...
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Is Objective-C the only language with infix arguments?

One of the things I like about Objective-C is the use of infix arguments when calling a method. [myDictionary setObject:myObject forKey:@"key"]; where the method name is setObject:forKey:. Does any ...
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Example of writing unit test for a method

I am writing unit tests for an iOS application. I clearly understand the benefits of writing unit tests & TDD, but I am confused about what kind of tests you can write for methods like this; ...
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Objective-c anonymous property coding style

If I have an interface defined like @interface MyClass @property (nonatomic, copy, readonly) NSString *myString; @end so that myString is externally visible but can't be written, what would be ...
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How static functions are better than Class Methods in Objective-C [closed]

I was going to through this post by Mattt Thompson in which he mentions that Static functions are nicer than shoe-horned class methods I just don't see any flaw with Class methods in ...
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How do you write tests for methods that interact with data in system files?

I'm trying to be proactive about writing an iOS app in a test-driven manner. However, I'm stumped as to how to test a method that is to interact with real system files. For those familiar with iOS, ...
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How come the keyword for declaring a class is 'interface' [closed]

What is the relationship between a class and an interface in objective-c? How come we declare a class using @interface instead of @class?
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Does key-value observing between model and view violate MVC?

In MVC the Controller is the go-between for the View and the Model. So the Controller should be the one that observes or receives changes from the Model and View and updates the other accordingly. I ...
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Massive View Controller - IOS - Solutions

I'm sure every new iOS developer has the following problem: The View Controllers get very fast crowded with code for various purposes, easily getting to 500 + lines of code. This is how it looks like ...
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Performance of Class methods vs singleton instance methods

In my app, I'm using both strategies: I have a Utils class, it only has class methods that I call for doing common global methods, like NSString validation, etc. I have an app-wide singleton class ...
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Inheritance, Composition and Protocols

I'm reading a book on general object oriented concepts to try and gain a solid understanding of everything. One thing that is throwing me off is the difference between Inheritance and Composition. I ...
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Naming convention for iOS/OSX open-source projects

Not always but most of the time, you will find iOS or Mac OS X open-source projects with names starting with the initial letters of the author first and last names. If a project were to be authored by ...
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Do iOS frameworks require the same internal versioning as OSX frameworks?

I have been reading through the apple documentation for creating frameworks for OSX and iOS. Reading about the structure of frameworks, I began to wonder if there is really any need to create the ...
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Security in an iOS game?

I'm part of a team building an iOS game which has multiplayer elements. A concern right now is how to make the game more secure, from user manipulation. I know there's a lot of multiplayer games out ...
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The importance of duplicate code removal [duplicate]

I tried to explain to a coworker the gravity of having duplicate code in a project, on this piece of code: + (void)createIapInParse:(SKPaymentTransaction *)transaction { Reachability *reach = ...
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What effect does using multiple childViewControllers views inside a ContainerViewController have on memory?

I have three childViewController views inside my ContainerViewController and these three views are inside a horizontal scroll view. My intention is to build an app that has a custom camera on one ...
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Macro guard in Objective-C

I have noticed that many famous libraries written in Objective-C (eg. AFNetworking) use the macro guard inside their header files. Im aware that the #import directive, which works exactly like ...
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Approach to managing multiple services like Evernote, Google drive, dropbox in iOS

I'm trying to think up a scenario when I'd have three different forms of NSData (or whatever) to be sent to three different services like Evernote, Google drive, Dropbox. Granted, each of those has ...
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How does Telnet work?

Is telnet just a simple socket connection? I usually have a difficult time in the networking area so I use some code from the internet to help me out, but I can't seem to find a library for Telnet in ...
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How can Swift be so much faster than Objective-C in these comparisons?

Apple launched its new programming language Swift at WWDC14. In the presentation, they made some performance comparisons between Objective-C and Python. The following is a picture of one of their ...
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Should I implement a function or a method?

Once in a while I encounter a C function in my colleagues' code. Mostly it is in some helpful objective categories, and those functions are mostly an internal calculation of something or a ...
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Calling static method from instance of class

As a developer I am fan of static methods. Recently I come across difference between OOP languages about this static methods. All OOP language use static method to access any method without ...
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Drawbacks to redefining method in precompiled header

I have a lot of calls to NSLog(...). I need to change all of these calls to CLSNSLog(...). So I added this to my precompiled header (.pch): #import <CrashlyticsFramework/Crashlytics.h> #define ...
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Manage the persistence of entities on iOS in several places: CoreData on the device, iCloud and on a REST API

For the needs of a project, I would persist the datas contained in Core Data in several places depending on the state of the user. If the user is logged to my API -> Persist the datas on my API. ...
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What are the bad points of using Core Data for iOS like an ORM

I just starting to use Core Data for my iOS app and I am thinking about how use Core Data for my needs. What are the features of my app: The user look for products proposed from a catalog. The user ...
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Objective-C style: Do I implement factory methods or init methods?

I'm new to Objective-C programming, and creating various classes for an iOS application I'm working on. When creating objects, it seems like many classes in the built-in frameworks use the "static ...
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Delegate method privately called from delegate itself?

One has established design patterns so ingrained in their brain, that when sometimes somebody does something unexpected, it is a revelation. My colleague in an iOS project did call the delegate ...
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How can NSObject contain an NSString if NSString is an NSObject

How can NSObject contain an NSString if NSString is an NSObject /* NSObject.h Copyright (c) 1994-2012, Apple Inc. All rights reserved. */ (NSString *)description; NSObject has a property named ...
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Use Objective-C protocols like Java interfaces [duplicate]

I'm a Java developer moving to Objective-C. So far in Objective-C I've seen protocols used extensively to implement the delegate pattern, but I haven't seen then to add a layer of abstraction in the ...
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Significance of many-to-many relationships? [closed]

How important are to-many relationships in iOS programming? Do you often hold a list of pointers to objects in an array in your codes? I don't think I fully understand the concept of to-many ...
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In objective C, where does the inheritance chain end? [closed]

In objective C, classes are objects, but what object owns the class objects? I am trying to get as detailed an understanding of iOS programming as I can, and this question popped into my head, so I ...
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Is it bad practice to include two types of views in the same class?

In my app, I use a widget with a loading spinner to signify that a network request is waiting. On failure, there will be another view which contains a failure message and a "Reload" button. My ...
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How to remove redundant code that enables button. Or “if” statement

I got probably "micro optimization" problem. I got "History number", "Next Number", "Reset" buttons, as well "label" for text. Every time I click At "Next number" button I would like to show random ...
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Difference between the two enums

I came across an enum definition :- typedef enum NSInteger { kBorderTypeNone = 0, kBorderTypeLeft = 1 << 0, kBorderTypeRight = 1 << 1, kBorderTypeTop = 1 << ...
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detect if a combination of string objects from an array matches against any commands

Please be patient and read my current scenario. My question is below. My application takes in speech input and is successfully able to group words that match together to form either one word or a ...
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Testing: Should I wrap system notifications and send my own?

In the current Cocoa app I'm working on, I've got an object, RecordScheduler, which responds to two types of notifications, "day did pass" and "quicksaving interval did pass". In both cases, the ...