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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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 ...
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Create an Objective-C category to route methods depending on a specified type

For one project, I needed to find a solution to avoid code like this: if ([self.desiredColor isEqualToString:@"Red"]) [self constructRedMenu]; else if ([self.desiredColor ...
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Is it acceptable to use C11 generic macros in Objective-C to box numbers?

I was getting tired of repeating types when writing things like this: NSDictionary* d = @{@"so": [NSNumber numberWithInt:index]), @"much": [NSNumber numberWithBool:accepted]), ...
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Is explicit else needed in initialisers? [duplicate]

I have a custom designated initialiser like this: - (id)initWithLocation:(CLLocation *)location { if (location == nil) { return nil; } self = [super init]; if (self) ...
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Can anyone explain to me what problem Core Data solves? [closed]

Core Data seems to add a needless layer of complexity. If you want to save data created natively by the user in an app why not just use an object and then write the data all to SQLite or back to a ...
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Designing object oriented programming

Basically, I want to make api calls using an SDK I am writing. I have the following classes: Car CarData (stores input values needed to create a car like model, make, etc) Basically to create a ...
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Objective-C Lesson in Class Design

I have the following classes: Teacher Student Class (like a school class) They all extend from KObject that has the following code: - initWithKey - send - processKey Teacher, Student ...
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Custom animation iOS

I have seen animation, and i can't figure out how to do something like in this video(youtube). I want to discuss how it's made. I don't think that they're using sprites. I have one idea how to do ...
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Is it necessary to use “-” or “+” before every property or method declaration in Interface and why?

I'm new to objective C, I'm following "Objective C 5th Edition Stephen Kochan and I don't have anyone to ask my doubts to. I'm confused with this question: Q. Is it necessary to use "-" or "+" before ...
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Design pattern for locking asynchronous operations in Objective-C

I'm writing my first Objective-C Class. It's responsible for interaction with an HTTP SSO authentication service. The process requires multiple HTTP transactions in order to complete. The Class acts ...
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When to use embedded script language?

I already read some post about the why use embedded script language but I want to ask when to use it. I have implemented an Objective-C / Javascript binding framework which allow me to write ...
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What are the reasons to create UIView subclass?

I've noticed that there are a lot of UIView subclasses in my legacy project. Mostly the only reason of such a subclass is to split bigger view into custom subviews and provide layout for its subviews ...
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Where should I put methods that make an Http Request to get data from a web service in iOS development?

I have a Model Car in my iOS application where it's parameters like name, year, value etc are fetched from a web service in order to fill a list with cars data. Where should I put the method that ...
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In Objective C, what English words can I conceptually associate to the symbols?

I'm learning Objective C (from a C# background) and am having difficulty understanding the unusual method signatures and am looking for a shortcut to make the learning curve less steep. When reading ...
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Is state pattern a good solution for implementing UI changes for Landscape and Portrait modes?

For our iOS app, a lot of complicated UI logic depends on the interface orientation of the ViewController. This conditional logic is present in a lot of places. Can it be segregated into different ...
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Apple Dispatch Queue vs Threads

I've heard a lot about apple's famous dispatch queues and the GCD but today was the first time I decided to understand exactly what is going on, so I started reading Concurrency Programming Guide and ...
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What is the proper way to store an object with many attributes in Objective-C?

I have an object that I am downloading over HTTP, that has approximately 50 attributes. What is the proper way to store this information in Objective-C? Should I have an NSObject with a property for ...
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Is it considered a bad practice to add logic in a property setter?

I jumped in to a project and I see that the other developers are adding a lot of logic in the setters of synthesized properties. I understand how this works, but I think that it makes it hard to ...
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Why use protocol, not call the method directly?

I was asked this question in an interview. For eg: UITableviewDelegate protocol has CellForRowAtIndexpath. Why make it a delegate method in a protocol not a method in the UITableView class and call it ...
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Which is faster NSDictionaries or object properties?

If I abandon creating model objects which I only use to pass information and use NSDictionaries instead and have constant for keys in the same place where I am using the model, then does it have any ...
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Why do we use networking libraries instead of plain NSURLRequests and NSURLConnection ?

in iOS development, I have often seen people creating a networking module to interact with their APIs. This module generally sits on top of a networking framework like MKNetWorkKit or AFNetWorking. ...
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PayPal proof of payment - is there a need to store it at our server?

I am developing an iPhone app, which I am integrating with PayPal. I did it successfully using PayPal library. I am testing it on sandbox mode. When I transfer money from one account to the other ...
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NSException in init when having a custom designated initialiser?

I have a custom View Controller that is a subclass of UIViewController that requires a data object to be set up properly. Without this object, showing the VC doesn't make any sense. So I created a ...
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Getting rid of Massive View Controller in iOS?

I had a discussion with my colleague about the following problem. We have an application where we need filtering functionality. On any main screen within the upper navigation bar, there is a button ...
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Programming against a protocol in Objective-C

I stumbled accross the SOLID principles. There is one burning question. Should I always use protocols? I never saw someone using them in the way that a Java developer would use them. I tried it in a ...
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Is Objective C a reasonable way to learn C? [closed]

I want to learn C but I tend to learn best when I have a project to work on. I've never done iPhone development, so I'm hoping to kill two birds with one stone. Will learning objective c also teach me ...
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Why is it impossible for Google to port V8 along with Chrome's codebase in C/Obj-C on iOS?

Google has given a reason that All apps on iOS have to run in the sandbox environment except for special apps by apple that get to tap into some private APIs. So Chrome on iOS uses whatever the ...
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Objective C - nested messages … confusion about

Wonder if anyone could shed some light on this messaging construct: The documentation says that messages appear btwn brackets [] and that the msg target/object is on the left, whilst the msg itself ...
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Is it a good idea to put declaration of protocols for delegates in a private category interface?

I have a View Controller or a View that implements delegate and dataSource methods of UITableView. These methods are not going to be used outside this class. So is it a good idea to make the ...
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How to implement a Theme for View Controllers in an iOS app?

I have an application, where font size, font type, color, background color, image and a lot of things change based on theme. I realised in the beginning itself that using enums to denote themes and ...
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Using third party/ open source controls [closed]

I usually feel reluctant to use any third party or open source controls while coding in Objective-C iPhone due to following reasons. Open source controls are developed in incremental manner. So once ...
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What is the most appropriate testing method in this scenario?

I'm writing some Objective-C apps (for OS X/iOS) and I'm currently implementing a service to be shared across them. The service is intended to be fairly self-contained. For the current functionality ...
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Why did Apple choose to design its programming language with future and past tense method names?

There are a lot of methods like this in iOS/Objective C: - viewDidLoad - viewWillAppear: - applicationDidFinishLaunching I've just been having a discussion with some colleagues about this design ...
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How to embed an article in the source code?

Sometimes, I notice typos in articles (blog posts) or books in source code that appears in the body of the article. It may be an indication that the code has been manually copied and pasted (e.g. ...
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Objective-C class cluster pattern

I have many sublcasses of one class. I choose concrete class based on type (simple enum). I like idea of class cluster. Should i use it or just create factory class (but each class in objective-c is ...
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Implement a file system for ios devices

I've read that ios apps can communicate via unique urls. An online tutorial on tutsplus says Communication between apps provides your application with an opportunity to take advantage of other ...
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What is a static method compared to instance/class/private/public methods?

I'm learning programming in Objective-C and I can't understand what a static method is. I know what class/instance/private/public methods are. Can someone explain what it is using an example and ...
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Program Structure for Table Cells Representing Objects

So I have a program with "cue" objects and each have their own table cell. The thing is that the table cells have loading bars on them that represent the progress of the cues. This presents the ...
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Is object-oriented conceptual thinking something you build with experience? [closed]

I know that the answer is pretty clear because you get better on everything with time and experience. But I'll tell you where I'm coming from: A couple of months ago I decided to learn iOS ...
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Should I read a chapter about Memory management if now a days we mostly use ARC?

I'm reading a book on Objective C, and I was wondering about 2 things: Should I take the time currently to read a whole chapter on memory management? If you are doing a really good job on manual ...
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Why is “working with files” is an important subject when learning Objective C?

I'm reading a book on Objective C, and I was wondering how important the subject Working with files for learning to develop iOS in particular? On you tube the tutorials are very short, maybe 10 min ...
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C++ vs Objective-C design principles of setters and getters

In C++ I was told that my classes shouldn't have getters and setters: Doing it wrong... blog post. On the other hand, in Objective-C, the direct use of ivar is discouraged, because the getters allow ...
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Can Objective C categories serve the same purpose as Traits do in Scala?

The statement of the question seems little abstract to me, so please read the details below. Since the time when C++ was the first choice Object Oriented Language for almost anything, we had a big ...
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success:/failure: blocks vs completion: block

I see two common patterns for blocks in Objective-C. One is a pair of success:/failure: blocks, the other is a single completion: block. For example, lets say I have a task that will return an object ...
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Core data syncing (deletion) using a custom REST web service

I need to sync my local core data stack against a server running a persistent data storage underneath the covers. (I've gone through other posts here and on SO on similar topics) My requirements: ...
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Preventing override of methods in Objective-C [closed]

Objective-C lacks private methods or java-esque final methods. This means that it is possible for a subclass to (accidentally) override some of the internals of a superclass. How does one prevent ...
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How to avoid huge functions with made up of enums and if-else or switch case when dealing with server response in iOS?

in my application, I have a request type associated with variety of API calls I make to the REST server. when the response from server comes in the same delegate method for web engine's response, I ...
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Pictures from iPhone to clients FTP server - Directly (iPhone->FTP) or Cloud (iPhone->Amazon->FTP)

My clients wants to take pictures with their iPhone's and place them collectible on their server, suggested by FTP. I can see there is two solutions: Directly upload from the iPhone to the FTP ...