Subject: Re: Is "-init" really needed?



On 10 Aug 2017, at 14:57, [email protected] wrote:
>
> On Aug 10, 2017, at 02:18, Alastair Houghton <[email protected]>
> wrote:
>>
>> Personally I *would* still discourage +new in favour of class-specific
>> convenience constructors because I think it’s less expressive and also less
>> consistent (e.g. +array is better, in my opinion, than +new, not least
>> because +arrayWithObjects: and others exist).
>
> [NSArray new] := [[NSArray alloc]init]
>
> [NSArray array] := [[[NSArray alloc]init]autorelease]
>
> +array and friends came along with the introduction of autorelease pools, to
> replace +new with something that didn't imply ownership (the oft mentioned
> special meaning of "new" as prefix). So while with ARC they are essentially
> equivalent, previously they were not.

Yes, I know that, thanks.

The point is, with ARC, they’re equivalent, and most new code uses ARC, so,
again, I’d discourage +new in favour of class-specific convenience constructors.

Kind regards,

Alastair.

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