Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Intro to iOS 6 for Java Developers

With at least one (probably) native iOS application in our project pipeline, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to be introduced in the world of Objective-C. Lacking almost any preexisting knowledge, I was a little surprised that the code not only looked unfamiliar from a Java developer's perspective, and that even with a C/C++ background this would take some getting used to.

The main concepts and differences are excellently explained in the syntax section on the Objective-C Wikipedia page.

It's also good to see that the language and libraries is being kept up-to-date with features like ARC (Automatic Reference Counting) to facilitate memory management.

For actual iOS development the Xcode IDE (only available for OS X) seems like an indispensable tool.

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