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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Eve Vega

Introduction to Objective-C

Refer to the first part of the tutorial from this link: Objectives:

  1. To understand the class structure and its implementation in Objective-C

  2. To get acquainted with Objective-C syntax

Objective-C uses Model-View-Controller design pattern. If you want to know more about MVC design pattern in Objective-C, refer to this link from Cocoa Lab.

Class Structure

  1. Interface Section – where your data components and function headers are located; found in .h files

  2. Implementation Section – where your implementation for your functions are located; found in .m files

  3. Program Section – these are your codes; where your instatiate objects to carry out your tasks

Class Definition and Instatiation Syntax

Interface (.h files)

@interface NameOfClass:ParentClass {

//instance variables

returnType nameOfVariable;


//instance methods

– (returnType)methodName1; //No Parameters

– (returnType)methodName2:(returnType)parameter; //With One Parameter

– (returnType)methodName3:(returnType)parameter1 ThisIsPartOfTheMethodNameWithData:(returnType)parameter2; //With MultipleParameters


Implementation (.m files)

@implementation NameOfClass

– (returnType)methodName1 {

//Put your codes here


– (returnType)methodName2:(returnType)parameter {

//Put your codes here


– (returnType)methodName3:(returnType)parameter1 ThisIsPartOfTheMethodNameWithData:(returnType)parameter2 {

//Put your codes here




main.m file //Remeber to import the class you created

int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {

//Create instance of the class

NameOfClass *instanceName1 = [[NameOfClass alloc] init];

//Or you may do it this way

NameOfClass *instanceName2;

instanceName2 = [NameOfClass alloc];

instanceName2 = [NameOfClass init];

//Calling a class function

[instanceName2 methodName];

[instanceName2 methodName2:100]; //assume that the dataType of the parameter is int, let\’s pass integer 100

//If you no longer need the objects, release their memory

[instanceName1 release];

[instanceName2 release];


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