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iOS 6 Programming Cookbook

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  1. iOS 6 Programming Cookbook
  2. Preface
    1. Audience
    2. Organization of This Book
    3. Additional Resources
    4. Conventions Used in This Book
    5. Using Code Examples
    6. We’d Like to Hear from You
    7. Safari® Books Online
    8. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. The Basics
    1. 1.0. Introduction
    2. 1.1. Creating a Simple iOS App in Xcode
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 1.2. Understanding Interface Builder
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 1.3. Compiling iOS Apps
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 1.4. Running iOS Apps on the Simulator
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 1.5. Running iOS Apps on iOS Devices
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    7. 1.6. Packaging iOS Apps for Distribution
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    8. 1.7. Declaring Variables in Objective-C
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    9. 1.8. Allocating and Making Use of Strings
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    10. 1.9. Comparing Values in Objective-C with an if Statement
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    11. 1.10. Implementing Loops with for Statements
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    12. 1.11. Implementing while Loops
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    13. 1.12. Creating Custom Classes
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    14. 1.13. Defining Functionality for Classes
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    15. 1.14. Defining Two or More Methods with the Same Name
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    16. 1.15. Allocating and Initializing Objects
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    17. 1.16. Adding Properties to Classes
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    18. 1.17. Moving from Manual Reference Counting to Automatic Reference Counting
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    19. 1.18. Typecasting with Automatic Reference Counting
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    20. 1.19. Delegating Tasks with Protocols
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    21. 1.20. Determining Whether Instance or Class Methods Are Available
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    22. 1.21. Determining Whether a Class Is Available at Runtime
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    23. 1.22. Allocating and Making Use of Numbers
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    24. 1.23. Allocating and Making Use of Arrays
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    25. 1.24. Allocating and Making Use of Dictionaries
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    26. 1.25. Allocating and Making Use of Sets
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    27. 1.26. Creating Bundles
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    28. 1.27. Loading Data from the Main Bundle
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    29. 1.28. Loading Data from Other Bundles
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    30. 1.29. Sending Notifications with NSNotificationCenter
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    31. 1.30. Listening for Notifications Sent from NSNotificationCenter
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  4. 2. Implementing Controllers and Views
    1. 2.0. Introduction
    2. 2.1. Displaying Alerts with UIAlertView
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    3. 2.2. Creating and Using Switches with UISwitch
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    4. 2.3. Customizing the UISwitch
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 2.4. Picking Values with UIPickerView
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 2.5. Picking the Date and Time with UIDatePicker
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 2.6. Implementing Range Pickers with UISlider
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    8. 2.7. Customizing the UISlider
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    9. 2.8. Grouping Compact Options with UISegmentedControl
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    10. 2.9. Customizing the UISegmentedControl
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    11. 2.10. Presenting and Managing Views with UIViewController
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    12. 2.11. Presenting Sharing Options with UIActivityViewController
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    13. 2.12. Implementing Navigation with UINavigationController
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    14. 2.13. Manipulating a Navigation Controller’s Array of View Controllers
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    15. 2.14. Displaying an Image on a Navigation Bar
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    16. 2.15. Adding Buttons to Navigation Bars Using UIBarButtonItem
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    17. 2.16. Presenting Multiple View Controllers with UITabBarController
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    18. 2.17. Displaying Static Text with UILabel
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    19. 2.18. Customizing the UILabel
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    20. 2.19. Accepting User Text Input with UITextField
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    21. 2.20. Displaying Long Lines of Text with UITextView
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    22. 2.21. Adding Buttons to the User Interface with UIButton
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    23. 2.22. Displaying Images with UIImageView
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    24. 2.23. Creating Scrollable Content with UIScrollView
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    25. 2.24. Loading Web Pages with UIWebView
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    26. 2.25. Presenting Master-Detail Views with UISplitViewController
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    27. 2.26. Enabling Paging with UIPageViewController
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    28. 2.27. Displaying Popovers with UIPopoverController
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    29. 2.28. Displaying Progress with UIProgressView
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    30. 2.29. Listening and Reacting to Keyboard Notifications
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    31. 2.30. Constructing and Displaying Styled Texts
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  5. 3. Auto Layout and the Visual Format Language
    1. 3.0. Introduction
    2. 3.1. Placing UI Components in the Center of the Screen
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    3. 3.2. Defining Horizontal and Vertical Constraints with the Visual Format Language
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 3.3. Utilizing Cross View Constraints
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 3.4. Configuring Auto Layout Constraints in Interface Builder
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  6. 4. Constructing and Using Table Views
    1. 4.0. Introduction
    2. 4.1. Instantiating a Table View
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 4.2. Assigning a Delegate to a Table View
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    4. 4.3. Populating a Table View with Data
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    5. 4.4. Receiving and Handling Table View Events
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 4.5. Using Different Types of Accessories in a Table View Cell
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 4.6. Creating Custom Table View Cell Accessories
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    8. 4.7. Displaying Hierarchical Data in Table Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    9. 4.8. Enabling Swipe Deletion of Table View Cells
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    10. 4.9. Constructing Headers and Footers in Table Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    11. 4.10. Displaying Context Menus on Table View Cells
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    12. 4.11. Moving Cells and Sections in Table Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    13. 4.12. Deleting Cells and Sections from Table Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    14. 4.13. Utilizing the UITableViewController for Easy Creation of Table Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    15. 4.14. Displaying a Refresh Control for Table Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  7. 5. Storyboards
    1. 5.0. Introduction
    2. 5.1. Creating a Project with Storyboards
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 5.2. Adding a Navigation Controller to a Storyboard
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 5.3. Passing Data From One Screen to Another
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 5.4. Adding a Storyboard to an Existing Project
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
  8. 6. Concurrency
    1. 6.0. Introduction
    2. 6.1. Constructing Block Objects
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 6.2. Accessing Variables in Block Objects
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    4. 6.3. Invoking Block Objects
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 6.4. Dispatching Tasks to Grand Central Dispatch
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 6.5. Performing UI-Related Tasks with GCD
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 6.6. Executing Non-UI Related Tasks Synchronously with GCD
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 6.7. Executing Non-UI Related Tasks Asynchronously with GCD
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    9. 6.8. Performing Tasks After a Delay with GCD
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    10. 6.9. Performing a Task Only Once with GCD
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    11. 6.10. Grouping Tasks Together with GCD
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    12. 6.11. Constructing Your Own Dispatch Queues with GCD
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    13. 6.12. Running Tasks Synchronously with Operations
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    14. 6.13. Running Tasks Asynchronously with Operations
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    15. 6.14. Creating Dependency Between Operations
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    16. 6.15. Creating Timers
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    17. 6.16. Creating Concurrency with Threads
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    18. 6.17. Invoking Background Methods
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    19. 6.18. Exiting Threads and Timers
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
  9. 7. Core Location and Maps
    1. 7.0. Introduction
    2. 7.1. Creating a Map View
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 7.2. Handling the Events of a Map View
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 7.3. Pinpointing the Location of a Device
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    5. 7.4. Displaying Pins on a Map View
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    6. 7.5. Displaying Pins with Different Colors on a Map View
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 7.6. Displaying Custom Pins on a Map View
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 7.7. Converting Meaningful Addresses to Longitude and Latitude
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    9. 7.8. Converting Longitude and Latitude to a Meaningful Address
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
  10. 8. Implementing Gesture Recognizers
    1. 8.0. Introduction
    2. 8.1. Detecting Swipe Gestures
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 8.2. Detecting Rotation Gestures
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 8.3. Detecting Panning and Dragging Gestures
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    5. 8.4. Detecting Long Press Gestures
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    6. 8.5. Detecting Tap Gestures
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 8.6. Detecting Pinch Gestures
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
  11. 9. Networking, JSON, XML, and Twitter
    1. 9.0. Introduction
    2. 9.1. Downloading Asynchronously with NSURLConnection
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 9.2. Handling Timeouts in Asynchronous Connections
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    4. 9.3. Downloading Synchronously with NSURLConnection
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    5. 9.4. Modifying a URL Request with NSMutableURLRequest
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    6. 9.5. Sending HTTP GET Requests with NSURLConnection
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 9.6. Sending HTTP POST Requests with NSURLConnection
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    8. 9.7. Sending HTTP DELETE Requests with NSURLConnection
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    9. 9.8. Sending HTTP PUT Requests with NSURLConnection
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    10. 9.9. Serializing Arrays and Dictionaries into JSON
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    11. 9.10. Deserializing JSON into Arrays and Dictionaries
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    12. 9.11. Integrating Twitter Functionality into Your Apps
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    13. 9.12. Parsing XML with NSXMLParser
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
  12. 10. Audio and Video
    1. 10.0. Introduction
    2. 10.1. Playing Audio Files
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    3. 10.2. Handling Interruptions while Playing Audio
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    4. 10.3. Recording Audio
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 10.4. Handling Interruptions while Recording Audio
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    6. 10.5. Playing Audio over Other Active Sounds
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 10.6. Playing Video Files
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 10.7. Capturing Thumbnails from a Video File
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    9. 10.8. Accessing the Music Library
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
  13. 11. Address Book
    1. 11.0. Introduction
    2. 11.1. Requesting Access to the Address Book
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 11.2. Retrieving a Reference to an Address Book
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    4. 11.3. Retrieving All the People in the Address Book
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 11.4. Retrieving Properties of Address Book Entries
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 11.5. Inserting a Person Entry into the Address Book
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 11.6. Inserting a Group Entry into the Address Book
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    8. 11.7. Adding Persons to Groups
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    9. 11.8. Searching the Address Book
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    10. 11.9. Retrieving and Setting a Person’s Address Book Image
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
  14. 12. Files and Folder Management
    1. 12.0. Introduction
    2. 12.1. Finding the Paths of the Most Useful Folders on Disk
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    3. 12.2. Writing to and Reading from Files
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 12.3. Creating Folders on Disk
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 12.4. Enumerating Files and Folders
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 12.5. Deleting Files and Folders
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    7. 12.6. Securing Files on Disk
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 12.7. Saving Objects to Files
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  15. 13. Camera and the Photo Library
    1. 13.0. Introduction
    2. 13.1. Detecting and Probing the Camera
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 13.2. Taking Photos with the Camera
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 13.3. Taking Videos with the Camera
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 13.4. Storing Photos in the Photo Library
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    6. 13.5. Storing Videos in the Photo Library
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 13.6. Retrieving Photos and Videos from the Photo Library
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 13.7. Retrieving Assets from the Assets Library
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    9. 13.8. Editing Videos on an iOS Device
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  16. 14. Multitasking
    1. 14.0. Introduction
    2. 14.1. Detecting the Availability of Multitasking
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 14.2. Completing a Long-Running Task in the Background
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 14.3. Receiving Local Notifications in the Background
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    5. 14.4. Playing Audio in the Background
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    6. 14.5. Handling Location Changes in the Background
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 14.6. Saving and Loading the State of Multitasking iOS Apps
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 14.7. Handling Network Connections in the Background
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    9. 14.8. Handling Notifications Delivered to a Waking App
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    10. 14.9. Responding to Changes in App Settings
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    11. 14.10. Opting Out of Multitasking
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
  17. 15. Core Data
    1. 15.0. Introduction
    2. 15.1. Creating a Core Data Model with Xcode
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 15.2. Generating Class Files for Core Data Entities
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    4. 15.3. Creating and Saving Data Using Core Data
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    5. 15.4. Reading Data from Core Data
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 15.5. Deleting Data from Core Data
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    7. 15.6. Sorting Data in Core Data
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 15.7. Boosting Data Access in Table Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    9. 15.8. Implementing Relationships in Core Data
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
  18. 16. Dates, Calendars, and Events
    1. 16.0. Introduction
    2. 16.1. Retrieving the List of Calendars
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    3. 16.2. Adding Events to Calendars
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 16.3. Accessing the Contents of Calendars
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 16.4. Removing Events from Calendars
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 16.5. Adding Recurring Events to Calendars
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    7. 16.6. Retrieving the Attendees of an Event
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 16.7. Adding Alarms to Calendars
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    9. 16.8. Handling Event Changed Notifications
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    10. 16.9. Presenting Event View Controllers
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    11. 16.10. Presenting Event Edit View Controllers
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  19. 17. Graphics and Animations
    1. 17.0. Introduction
    2. 17.1. Enumerating and Loading Fonts
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    3. 17.2. Drawing Text
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    4. 17.3. Constructing, Setting, and Using Colors
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 17.4. Drawing Images
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 17.5. Constructing Resizable Images
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    7. 17.6. Drawing Lines
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 17.7. Constructing Paths
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    9. 17.8. Drawing Rectangles
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    10. 17.9. Adding Shadows to Shapes
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    11. 17.10. Drawing Gradients
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    12. 17.11. Displacing Shapes Drawn on Graphic Contexts
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    13. 17.12. Scaling Shapes Drawn on Graphic Contexts
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    14. 17.13. Rotating Shapes Drawn on Graphic Contexts
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    15. 17.14. Animating and Moving Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    16. 17.15. Animating and Scaling Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    17. 17.16. Animating and Rotating Views
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  20. 18. Core Motion
    1. 18.0. Introduction
    2. 18.1. Detecting the Availability of an Accelerometer
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    3. 18.2. Detecting the Availability of a Gyroscope
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 18.3. Retrieving Accelerometer Data
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 18.4. Detecting Shakes on an iOS Device
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    6. 18.5. Retrieving Gyroscope Data
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  21. 19. iCloud
    1. 19.0. Introduction
    2. 19.1. Setting Up Your App for iCloud
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    3. 19.2. Storing and Synchronizing Dictionaries in iCloud
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
    4. 19.3. Creating and Managing Folders for Apps in iCloud
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 19.4. Searching for Files and Folders in iCloud
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 19.5. Storing User Documents in iCloud
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    7. 19.6. Managing the State of Documents in iCloud
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 19.7. Handling Conflicts in iCloud Documents
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  22. 20. Pass Kit
    1. 20.0. Introduction
    2. 20.1. Creating Pass Kit Certificates
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    3. 20.2. Creating Pass Files
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    4. 20.3. Providing Icons and Images for Passes
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    5. 20.4. Preparing Your Passes for Digital Signature
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    6. 20.5. Signing Passes Digitally
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    7. 20.6. Distributing Passes Using Email
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    8. 20.7. Distributing Passes Using Web Services
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    9. 20.8. Enabling Your iOS Apps to Access Passes on iOS Devices
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
    10. 20.9. Interacting with Passbook Programmatically
      1. Problem
      2. Solution
      3. Discussion
      4. See Also
  23. Index
  24. About the Author
  25. Colophon
  26. Copyright
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1.19. Delegating Tasks with Protocols

Problem

You want to make sure a certain object implements a set of methods or properties.

Solution

Use a protocol.

Discussion

A protocol is the declaration (as opposed to implementation) of a set of methods and/or properties in a header file (usually with the extension of .h). Any object that you declare to conform to such protocol is responsible for writing the implementation of those methods and properties, depending on whether the protocol specifies them as required or optional.

Think of protocols as sets of rules, with some rules being optional and others mandatory. Any object saying that it conforms to that protocol must follow those rules. Let’s see a simple example of this. We will go ahead and define a protocol called PersonProtocol. For this, you need to create a new protocol file, so follow these steps first:

  1. In Xcode, while your project is open, go to the File menu and then choose New New File...

  2. Now make sure iOS is the main category on the left side of the New File dialog and then choose the Cocoa Touch subcategory. Once that is done, choose the Objective-C Protocol item and press Next (see Figure 1-26).

  3. Now you will be asked to save this file and specify a name for it. Give it the name PersonProtocol and press Save (see Figure 1-27).

Now we have our header file. Let’s get on with the actual declaration of our protocol. Our objective with this new PersonProtocol protocol is to govern the rules on any class that impersonates a “Person,” or in other words, says that it is a Person class. For instance, in your application, you can have a class named Infant, Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Stranger, etc. You can then make all these classes conform to the PersonProtocol protocol, which will define the types of behavior each of these classes must implement. Let’s say that, for every person, we need at least a first name, a last name, and an age:

Creating a new protocol

Figure 1-26. Creating a new protocol

Saving the new protocol

Figure 1-27. Saving the new protocol

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

@protocol PersonProtocol <NSObject>

@property (nonatomic, strong) NSString *firstName;
@property (nonatomic, strong) NSString *lastName;
@property (nonatomic, unsafe_unretained) NSUInteger age;

@end

Now let’s create a class called Father and make sure that this class conforms to our PersonProtocol protocol. To create this class, follow these steps:

  1. In Xcode, while in your project, go to the File menu and then select New New File...

  2. In the New File dialog, make sure iOS is the main category and then choose the Cocoa Touch subcategory. After that is done, select the Objective-C class item in the list on the righthand side. Now press the Next button (see Figure 1-28).

Creating a Father class

Figure 1-28. Creating a Father class

  1. In this screen (see Figure 1-29), make sure we are creating a subclass of NSObject. Once that is done, press the Next button.

  2. Now you are asked to save the new class. Give it the name of Father, and press the Create button (see Figure 1-30).

Subclassing NSObject to create a Father class

Figure 1-29. Subclassing NSObject to create a Father class

Saving the Father class on disk

Figure 1-30. Saving the Father class on disk

Fantastic, we now have our Father class and the PersonProtocol protocol. Open the header file of the Father class and make sure that it conforms to the PersonProtocol protocol:

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>
#import "PersonProtocol.h"

@interface Father : NSObject <PersonProtocol>

@end

Now if you attempt to compile your app (by pressing Command+Shift+R simultaneously), you will get warnings from the compiler, similar to those shown in Figure 1-31.

Warnings from the compiler related to the protocol we are conforming to

Figure 1-31. Warnings from the compiler related to the protocol we are conforming to

As you can see, the compiler understands that the Father class wants to conform to the PersonProtocol protocol. However, the Father class isn’t implementing the required setter and getter methods of the properties defined in the PersonProtocol protocol. We are seeing these warnings because anything defined in a protocol by default is required from its conforming classes. Required methods and properties in a protocol can explicitly be marked with the @required keyword. If you want to specify that followers of a protocol are free to choose to implement or not implement your methods or properties, you can simply tell the compiler that those methods/properties are optional, using the @optional keyword.

Let’s go back to PersonProtocol.h and mark the firstName, lastName, and age properties as optional, but add a method to the protocol called breathe and make it a required method, because, let’s face it, everybody has got to breathe:

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

@protocol PersonProtocol <NSObject>

@optional
@property (nonatomic, strong) NSString *firstName;
@property (nonatomic, strong) NSString *lastName;
@property (nonatomic, unsafe_unretained) NSUInteger age;

@required
- (void) breathe;

@end

Now if you compile your application, you will get completely different warnings (see Figure 1-32).

The Father class does not implement the breathe method defined in the PersonProtocol protocol

Figure 1-32. The Father class does not implement the breathe method defined in the PersonProtocol protocol

Now if you go to the Father class and define and implement the breathe method, even if the method implementation is empty, the compiler will be happy with that. Remember, the Father class now doesn’t have to implement the three aforementioned properties because they are now defined as optional in the PersonProtocol protocol. Here is now the correct definition of the Father class:

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>
#import "PersonProtocol.h"

@interface Father : NSObject <PersonProtocol>

- (void) breathe;

@end

And here is the correct implementation of the Father class:

#import "Father.h"

@implementation Father

- (void) breathe{
  /* Implement this method here */
}

@end

Attempt to compile your app now and you’ll notice that the compiler is perfectly happy with our implementation.

Cocoa Touch has given protocols a really nice meaning in Objective-C. In Cocoa Touch, protocols are the perfect means for defining delegate objects. A delegate object is an object that another object consults when something happens in that object. For instance, a repairman is the delegate for a broken-down car. If something happens to your car, you go to your repairman and ask him to fix the car for you (although some prefer to repair the car themselves, in which case they are their own delegate for their car). So in Cocoa Touch, many classes expect a delegate object and make sure that whatever object is assigned as their delegate conforms to a certain protocol.

For instance, as we will see in Chapter 4, the UITableView class defines and implements a property called delegate, which is required to conform to the UITableViewDelegate protocol. This protocol simply lays down the law to those objects that want to become the delegate object of a table view. The protocol requires those objects to implement certain methods or in some cases, specifies that some methods/properties are optional so the delegate object is free to implement or not implement them. Now, when a user selects a row in a table, the UITableView can call the tableView:didSelectRowAtIndexPath: method with the assurance that the UITableViewDelegate at least defined the method. The method may be correctly or incorrectly coded, but at least it’s present, so the program won’t crash at runtime because of a nonexistent method (selector).

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