Xcode 4 Tip from iOS Developer Tips: Related Files List [@iosdevtips, #iosdev]

Good tip from iOS Developer Tips for using the “Related Files” button in the upper left corner of your code window (right next to the Back/Forward navigation buttons):

Xcode 4 : Related Files List

With Xcode 4 you can quickly access an assortment of files related to your project through the Related Files option in the Jump Bar.


Xcode Tip: Command-E [#iosdev #xcode]

For the longest time, to perform a search in Xcode I would take a standard, yet uninformed, approach by selecting a desired region in my code, copy it to the clipboard with Command-C and then perform a Command-Shift-F to find all instances of the search in my project. Cool.

Then after a while I actually looked at the bottom of the Edit –> Find menu. At the end of the list there is an item entitled “Use Selection for Find” and its shortcut is Command-E.

The beauty of this command is that it puts the search term in a separate location preserving the contents of your clipboard.

This is particularly nice since now I can have text in my clipboard and still perform a search – a bit like having your cake and eating it too.

Thanks Xcode Team!

What is the Future of iOS Notification?

One of the more annoying things about iOS is its notification system. Modal alerts are so arcane, intrusive and annoying, I am actually shocked that they are still the standard method of notification in iOS as of version 4…

Looks like there are some underground movements (requiring jailbreaking, of course) to change that. Here’s a little commentary by Sebastiaan de With (@cocoia) that I found interesting:

Cocoia Blog » Getting Notified:

There’s some discussion on Apple-centric and tech news websites about a video that’s doing the rounds with a new approach to notifications for iOS. While the system in the video is really nothing new (there’s been at least one alternative notification system in the App-Store-for-jailbroken-phones “Cydia” since 2010) it is getting a lot of attention, presumably because iOS users are quite satisfied with almost all the interactions of the OS except those dang stacking modal dialogs that interrupt your game of Angry Birds every time you get a text message.

So while I am not a jailbreaker (and never will be), my hope is that Apple and its designers and developers on the iOS team will take notice of this and do something about it in a future version of iOS.

We shall see…

NSAttributedString in iOS

Thanks to Jeff LaMarche for this.

iPhone Development: Attributed Strings in iOS:

Ten months ago when the original iPad shipped, Apple released iOS 3.2, and for the first time, iOS developers had access to NSAttributedString and NSMutableAttributedString, objects designed to hold strings along with font, paragraph, and style information. We no longer had to resort to using heavy UIWebViews or complex Core Graphics calls to draw styled text.

Well, sort of…

Follow the link above to read more!

iOS Simulator QuickTip: Removing all installed applications.

It was time to clean house a bit, so I wanted to remove all the currently installed applications in the iPhone Simulator. Turns out there’s a very simple way to do it…

1. With the iPhone Simulator running, click on the iOS Simulator application menu.

2. Click “Reset Contents and Settings…”.

– A confirmation dialog will appear warning that “all installed applications, content, and settings will be moved to the trash.”

3. Click “Reset.”

All the applications will be removed and you can proceed with a clean slate.

Yes, stringWithFormat returns an autoreleased NSString.

I ran into an interesting problem today. It was really basic and embarassing, so naturally I figured I’d go public with it…

Typically I use the allocinitWithFormatrelease way of creating strings, but today I used the NSString stringWithFormat factory method to generate a new NSString. Of course at the end of my method that was using the string I released the variable and it caused a mini-meltdown in the app I was working on.

So the new thing I found out today (and I guess I didn’t realize before) is that stringWithFormat returns an autoreleased NSString.

This forum post from 2008 just confirms it:

NSString: Differences between initWithFormat and stringWithFormat

Be careful out there!