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Objective C for Samurais

  1. 1. Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve 10 Ways to Improve Objective C Code 2.0 Saturday, July 13, 13
  2. 2. Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve Understand Objective C • Objective-C is a superset of C • Verbosity is a must • Long names is a must • It is damn old Saturday, July 13, 13
  3. 3. tip #1 @class PETDog; Avoid Importing Headers on .h files when possible. Instead of importing .h files you can use @class to tell the compiler to use this class. Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve Saturday, July 13, 13
  4. 4. NSNumber *intNumber = @3; NSNumber *floatNumber = @5.5f; NSNumber *doubleNumber = @3.14; NSNumber *boolNumber = @YES; NSNumber *charNumber = @'b'; NSArray *animals = [NSArray arrayWithObjects:@"ocelot", @"lion", @"tiger", @"donkey", nil]; NSDictionary *geekinfo = @{@"firstName" : @"Rafael", @"lastName" : @"Echeverria", @"age" : @24}; tip #2 Use Objective 2.0 literals on your declaring needs. NSString *greeting = @"Awesome Dog"; Since Objective C 2.0 you can declare variables in literal Style. Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve Saturday, July 13, 13
  5. 5. tip #3 //.h extern const NSString ABCDogName; //.m const NSString ABCDogName = 0.3; #define MIDI_DURATION 1.0 Use typed constants and defeat lazyness Declare constants as typed, and prevend collisions and uncertainty with created by #define. Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve Saturday, July 13, 13
  6. 6. tip #4 enum ABCDogState { ABCDogStateBarking, ABCDogStateSleeping, ABCDogStateEating, }; switch (_currentState) { ABCDogStateBarking: // Handle barking state break; ABCDogStateSleeping: // Handle sleeping state break; ABCDogStateEating: // Handle eating state break; } Enumerate as long you know the status. Enumerate safely when you know your diferent values for Opcions and States. it is very common to use it on switch statements. Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve Saturday, July 13, 13
  7. 7. tip #5 Take the time to understatang property attributes. readonly Only a getter is available, and the compiler will generate it only if the property is synthesized. readwrite Both a getter and a setter are available. If the property is synthesized, the compiler will generate both methods. copy This designates an owning relationship similar to strong; however, instead of retaining the value, it is copied. unsafe_unretained This has the same semantics as assign but is used where the type is an object type to indicate a nonowning relationship (unretained). assign The setter is a simple assign operation used for scalar types, such as CGFloat or NSInteger. strong This designates that the property defines an owning relationship. When a new value is set, it is first retained, the old value is released, and then the value is set. weak This designates that the property defines a nonowning relationship. We can assing our properties with diferent properties, as desired. Saturday, July 13, 13
  8. 8. tip #6 NSString *foo = @"Badger 123"; NSString *bar = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"Badger %i", 123]; BOOL equalA = (foo == bar); //< equalA = NO BOOL equalB = [foo isEqual:bar]; //< equalB = YES BOOL equalC = [foo isEqualToString:bar]; //< equalC = YES Objects are equal under diferent circumstances. Understanting equality is always important to avoid pitfalls at comparing. Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve Saturday, July 13, 13
  9. 9. tip #7 @interface ABCDogBreedChihuahua : ABCDog @end @implementation ABCDogBreedChihuahua - (void) doBark { [self sayHola]; } @end Hide your implentation using the Class Cluster Pattern typedef NS_ENUM(NSUInteger, ABCDogBreed) { ABCDogBreedChihuahua, ABCDogBreedLabrador, }; @interface ABCDog : NSObject @property (copy) NSString *name; // Factory Method to create dogs + (ABCDog*)dogWithBreed:(ABCDogBreed)type; - (void)doBark; @end @implementation ABCDog + (ABCDog*)dogWithBreed:(ABCDogBreed)type{ switch (type) { case EOCEmployeeTypeDeveloper: return [ABCDogBreedChihuahua new]; break; case EOCEmployeeTypeDesigner: return [ABCDogBreedLabrador new]; break; } } - (void) doBark { // Subclasses implement this. } .h .m subclass This can save tons of lines and helps to keep things DRY Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve Saturday, July 13, 13
  10. 10. tip #8 NSMutableDictionary *dict = [NSMutableDictionary new]; [dict isMemberOfClass:[NSDictionary class]]; ///< NO [dict isMemberOfClass:[NSMutableDictionary class]]; ///< YES [dict isKindOfClass:[NSDictionary class]]; ///< YES [dict isKindOfClass:[NSArray class]]; ///< NO Use Inspection to reveal class secrets. Understanding how to inspect a class is a powerful tecnique Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve Saturday, July 13, 13
  11. 11. tip #9 Use Prefix to avoid class clashes. Use the name of your app, or company name is up to you. ABCDog ABCCat ABCDonkey com.bigco.myapp BCOPerson com.abcinc.myapp BCOJob BCOAccount Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve Saturday, July 13, 13
  12. 12. tip #10 - (id)initWithName:(NSString *)name andAge:(NSNumber)age { if ((self = [super init])) { _name = name; _age = age; } return self; } Customize you initializers as needed This allows you to create you objects easly using what you want. Objective C for Samurais by @rafaecheve - (id)initWithName:(NSString *)name andAge:(NSNumber)age Saturday, July 13, 13
  13. 13. More Techniques: @rafaecheve r@afaecheve.com rafaecheve.com http://www.slideshare.net/rafaechev Saturday, July 13, 13

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