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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Why do we need to write a header file?

Before you whip out your snarky comments, I know -- this is a nooby question. This is my first time using a C based language. I'm an undergrad student learning Objective C for a computer science ...
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MonoTouch vs Objective-C for iPhone/iPod/iPad development [closed]

For someone with .Net experience and wanting to develop for iPhone/iPod/iPad, is it worth learning Objective-C? Is MonoTouch a good alternative? What are some of the trade-offs when using MonoTouch vs ...
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Getting My Head Around Immutability

I'm new to object-oriented programming, and one concept that has been taking me a while to grasp is immutability. I think the light bulb went off last night but I want to verify: When I come across ...
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Pragma Mark in Cocoa

I'm a newb to cocoa programming and looking around in various open source code online I see things like: #pragma mark global variable declaration and I was wondering what the meaning of "pragma ...
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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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Component Diagram, what's next?

I'm working on an iPhone application and I created a component diagram. I defined interfaces for each component. For example I have an AI component and I have made some interfaces for it. How should ...
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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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Which language is the most flexible for scraping websites? [closed]

I'm new to programming. I know a little python and a little objective c, and I've been going through tutorials for each. Then it occurred to me, I need to know which language is more flexible (python, ...
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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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Where does Objective-C come from? C++ or C?

I am very confused about this programming language, Objective-C, which I heard is used to develop iOS applications. I know that it uses the principles of OOP. Would it be easier to learn if I already ...
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Something similar to Objective-C categories in other languages?

I understand Objective-C categories and how they become useful, but I always have a hard time explaining the concept to other programmers that are not familiar with Objective C. Maybe I'm just bad ...
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Is there any advantage to learning C first?

I've got a little bit of history with programming, having gotten my start with Visual Basic. I let it slide as a hobby from a little after VB6 up until just a year or so ago when I got on the iPhone ...