Category Archives: objc

NSConference: the aftermath

So, that’s that then, the first ever NSConference is over. But what a conference! Every session was informative, edumacational and above all enjoyable, including the final session where (and I hate to crow about this) the “American” team, who had … Continue reading

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When techs collide

If you’ve ever seen the film Ghostbusters, you’ll know that each of the proton packs was, on its own, very powerful and capable of performing its function. Combine two, by crossing the streams, and rather than something twice as powerful … Continue reading

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Cocoa Memory Management

It becomes evident, thanks to the mass centralisation of the neverending september effect that is stackoverflow, that despite the large number of electrons expended on documenting the retain/release/autorelease reference counting mechanism for managing memory in Cocoa, Cocoa Touch, UIKit, AppKit, … Continue reading

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better security, not always more security

Today’s investigative investigations have taken me to the land of Distributed Objects, that somewhat famous implementation of the Proxy pattern used for intra-process, inter-process and inter-machine communication in Cocoa. Well, by people who measure whether it’s a performance hog, rather … Continue reading

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Properties about a year on

Leopard has now been out for nearly a year, which means that (publicly) we’ve had Objective-C 2.0 for the same amount of time. At the release many developers were champing at the bit to talk about the new language capabilities[], … Continue reading

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MacDev 2009!

It’s a long way off, but now is a good time to start thinking about the MacDev ’09 conference, organised by the inimitable Scotty of the Mac Developer Network. This looks like being Europe’s closest answer to WWDC, but without … Continue reading

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A better bit o’ twitter than the bitter twitter Tommy Titter bought

Just because everyone these days writes a Twitter client: This was actually a quick hack project to make up for the fact that I missed CocoaHeads tonight (due to a combination of an uninteresting phone call, and a decision to … Continue reading

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Objective-C NAQs

Never-Asked Questions :-) In Code Complete 2 ยง6.5, Steve McConnell presents a list of class-related design issues that "vary significantly depending on the language". So why don’t we look at them for Objective-C? Especially as I can’t find anyone else … Continue reading

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WWDC aside

None of Perl, Cocoa or some weird XML toolkit came up with the “simple things simple, complex things possible” quote.

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ObjC FAQ update

Added a question about the ObjC 2.0 garbage collector. Sorry it’s been so long in coming! I’ll try and add a few more ObjC 2.0 questions over the coming days.

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