iOS Dev – Lecture #3: Foundation Classes

The third lecture starts with a review of the last lectures followed by an introduction to data structures in Objective-C. Numbers are represented as int, float, double, NSNumber, booleans as BOOL, Strings as NSString and NSMutableString, dates as NSDate, and binary data as NSData. Further primitives are NSIndex and NSValue.
As collections there are arrays represented as NSArray and NSMutableArray, sets as NSSet and NSMutableSet, and dictionaries as NSDictionary and NSMutableDictionary.
In addition there are blocks for executable code.

Foundation classes are by default immutable which has the advantage of having no unwanted side-effects when passing objects to methods. To be changeable after initialization they have to be defined as Mutable.

Further Foundation objects are bundles and files, exceptions and errors, notifications, key-value coding and observing, archives and serialization, timers and threads, localization, and caches.

The lecture closes showing various debugging features.

As assignment it is required to read the Cocoa Naming Conventions and the Cocoa Core Competencies.

The lecture video and its slices are available on iTunes.

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