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Casting problem from a pointer

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by CocoaBean, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie


    I seem to struggle quite a lot when it comes to casting and I was creating a lottery application which generates 6 random numbers then displays the results in a textfield (label).

    I get the following warning, 'assignment makes pointer from integer without a cast'.

    I'm a bit stumped as what to do and how and where to make the appropriate cast.

    The code is below:


    #import <Cocoa/Cocoa.h>
    @interface AppController : NSObject {
    	IBOutlet NSButton *btnGetNumbers;
    	IBOutlet NSButton *btnClear;
    	IBOutlet NSTextField *txtNumbers;

    #import "AppController.h"
    @implementation AppController
    	NSNumber *number1 = [[NSNumber alloc] init];
    	NSNumber *number2 = [[NSNumber alloc] init];
    	NSNumber *number3 = [[NSNumber alloc] init];
    	NSNumber *number4 = [[NSNumber alloc] init];
    	NSNumber *number5 = [[NSNumber alloc] init];
    	NSNumber *number6 = [[NSNumber alloc] init];
    	number1 = random() % 49 + 1; //error below each line
    	number2 = random() % 49 + 1; //
    	number3 = random() % 49 + 1; //
    	number4 = random() % 49 + 1; //
    	number5 = random() % 49 + 1; //
    	number6 = random() % 49 + 1; //
    	NSString *string = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"Your numbers are: %i, %i, %i, %i, %i, %i", number1, number2, number3, number4, number5, number6];
    	[txtNumbers setStringValue:string];
    	[number1 release];
    	[number2 release];
    	[number3 release];
    	[number4 release];
    	[number5 release];
    	[number6 release];
    	[super dealloc];
    	[txtNumbers setStringValue:@""];
    Also, is this code the correct way to go about this task?

  2. macrumors 68040


    From the random manpage:
    So random returns a primitive, namely, a long int. % acts on primitives, + acts on primitives. a long is not an NSNumber (or NSNumber *, more specifically). NSNumber does have a method -initWithLong: as well as +numberWithLong:. These will initialize an alloc'd NSNumber or return an NSNumber * with the long value, respectively. You should be able to wrap your equation in these and get what you want.

  3. macrumors newbie

    Thnaks Lee, I'll give it a go :)
  4. macrumors G5


    Can you explain why on earth you feel the necessity to create six objects of type NSNumber?
  5. macrumors newbie

    No, I can't explain as I'm still learning and I'm not sure myself.

    Can you please tell me why that code is wrong and say what I should have done instead?

    Thanks :)

    edit: The program is supposed to display 6 random numbers in the range 1 to 49. Is there a simpler way of writing the code? Also, I'm not sure about the equation: random() % 49 + 1; (there was similar code in a cocoa book to get numbers in the range 1 to 100, so I modified it to get 1 to 49, although not quite understanding it).
  6. macrumors regular

    Use an array of six long ints and a for loop to generate the numbers.

    Or, if you wanted to be more Cocoa-like, you could use an NSArray with six NSNumber objects, but this involves more overhead.

    random() returns a random number between 0 and 2,147,483,647. % is the modulus (remainder after division) operator, it reduces the output of random() to a value between 0 and 48. Then it's just a simple matter of adding 1, and you have a random number between 1 and 49.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Thanks, I'll see if I can do that - thanks for the explanation too :)

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