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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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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Objective-C message passing related queries

I am learning objective-C after having good knowledge of C/C++. I have 2 questions: Are Obj-C message passing and C++ vtable, two different ways of implementing polymorphism or Are they two very ...
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What guidelines do you suggest for using Objective-C Properties?

Objective-C 2.0 introduced properties. While I personally think properties are nice addition to the language, I have seen a trend of making every instance variable as a property. Apple sample codes ...
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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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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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How can I create a software patcher for OS X?

I'm building some software for OS X that isn't distributed through the Mac App Store. My software allows users to download different modules uploaded by various people too. How can I create a ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Basic Objective-C Questions

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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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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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 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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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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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 can I do without the iPhone SDK and Xcode? [closed]

I want to develop an iPhone application, I do not have Xcode nor the iPhone SDK (nor a macbook but I plan to buy one). What could be done without those products? Edit: I intend to release it on ...
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Truth condition testing with BOOL

BOOL myBool; myBool = YES; ... if (myBool) { doFoo(); } I have read that because there are instances where the above does not actually call the doFoo() function, it is best to instead always test ...
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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 ...
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Go/Obj-C style interfaces with ability to extend compiled objects after initial release

I have a conceptual model for an object system which involves combining Go/Obj-C interfaces/protocols with being able to add virtual methods from any unit, not just the one which defines a class. The ...
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Best way to update UI when dealing with data synchronization

I'm working on a bug at work. The app is written in Objective-C for iOS based device, for the iPad. I'm the new guy there and I've been given a hard task. Sometimes, the UIButton text property does ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Direct Code Support?

A few times in the past I've hit a major wall and simply couldn't progress with a certain aspect of an app as Im a beginner and still learning the ropes (Objective-C specifically). I was curious if ...
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New to Programming/objective c [closed]

I've recently started to work on some iPhone apps, starting from a base where I had essentially no programming experience (I studied Maths & had very few programming modules) I worked my way ...
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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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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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in Objective-C, value of type double/float can only be NAN, INFINITY, & normal number?

I knew double or float value can be not only normal value(-1.3, 0, 1.0, 2.3) but also NAN and INFINITY in Objective-C. Is there other special values except for NAN and INFINITY for double/float value ...
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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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What's the benefit of a singleton over a class in objective-c? [on hold]

They both seem to take about the same amount of effort to use: Singleton: needs a .h and .m file, has to be imported into any class you want to call it from and then has to be instantiated How is ...
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Are Extension methods (C#) and categories (Objective-C) the same as traits? [closed]

According to: Something similar to Objective-C categories in other languages? Static extension methods in C# are basically the same thing as Objective-C categories, so I'm going to lump these two ...