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  • Cast objects in Objective-C, not in C
  • Enumerate objects in collections only if they’re of a certain kind, or conform to a protocol
  • Be Safe
  • Be Concise

Objective-C is C, and C is perilous. Don’t blindly cast objects. Use high-level language constructs that communicate intent, and write more readable code.

Conditional casting, not unlike Swift’s as? operator:

NSMutableArray *mArray = [NSMutableArray safe_cast:array];
// `mArray` is nil if `array` is not a mutable array, or `array` if it is.

Conditionally execute code depending on whether an object is of a type, like Swift’s if let x = x as? Y pattern"

@interface MyModel : NSObject {
    @property (nonatomic, copy) NSString *someProperty;
}

id object;

...

[MyModel safe_cast:object intoBlock:^(MyModel *object){
    // only executes if `object` is a kind of `MyClass`
    // within this scope `object` is recognized as a `MyClass`
    object.someProperty; // Perfectly safe!
}];

Or only call methods on collection members that can respond to the selector.

[array safe_makeObjectsSafelyPerformSelector:@selector(method)];

Or enumerate with a block on objects that are of a specific kind.

[array safe_enumerateObjectsOfKind:[MyClass class]
                        usingBlock:^(MyClass *obj, NSUInteger idx, BOOL *stop) {
                            [obj setNumber:@3];
                        }];

Or a protocol

[array safe_enumerateObjectsConformingToProtocol:@protocol(MyProtocol)
                                      usingBlock:^(id<MyProtocol> *obj, NSUInteger idx, BOOL *stop) {
                                          [obj setNumber:@3];
                                      }];

SafeCast has extensive coverage for conditional type-based enumeration on the standard Foundation collections: NSArray, NSSet, NSDictionary, and NSOrderedSet.

Due to complex memory ownership, NSMapTable, NSHashTable, and other collections are not supported.

A Whole Library for that?

Well, first of all, it’s really small. The documentation in the headers is much bigger than the code. And it’s tested. You may not need it. But it has a lot of things going for it.

Easy to integrate

SafeCast is available as a CocoaPod.

pod 'SafeCast'

Be concise and direct with your intent

It takes fewer lines of code than writing your own type checks. In my opinion it’s easier to read and think about than the more verbose way of doing it safely. It keeps your type-safety checks up front and at a high level.

Be Safe

Maybe you know what you’re doing. But do you always do the right thing? How many people are in your code base? And how well do they all know Objective-C’s C underbelly? More and more developers are coming in having worked with higher-level or dynamic languages, and may not realize what’s safe and what’s not.

SafeCast wants to make it easier to safely cast … to cast only when it’s safe to do so.

Status

Please send feedback, pull-requests, and coffee.

License

Copyright (c) 2014-2015 Fabian Canas. All rights reserved.

This code is distributed under the terms and conditions of the MIT license.

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of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
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Latest podspec

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    "requires_arc": true,
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        "Classes/NSSet+SafeCast.h",
        "Classes/SafeCast.h",
        "Classes/SafeCastCollections.h"
    ]
}

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