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Xcode® 4 Unleashed, Second Edition by Frederic F. Anderson

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Chapter 23. Property Lists

In This Chapter

• Understanding what property lists contain

• Creating a simple property list

• Editing property lists

• Using property list formats

Cocoa uses property lists (also called plists, after the common extension for property-list files) everywhere. They are the all-purpose storage medium for structured data, both for application resources and sometimes even application documents. Although I’ve put this chapter in the Mac OS X section of this book, property lists are important to iOS developers, as well.

• Many of Apple’s standard formats for configuration files are simply specifications of keys and trees for property lists. If you want a configuration file of your own, you could do much worse than a specialized ...

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