Does Objective-C @package correspond to Java packages?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by rhimbo, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    #1
    Hello folks,

    My goal is to organize the source files that comprise my project into "packages" in the sense of Java packages. The Objective-C manual (page 41) indicates that the language supports a @package compiler directive. But the manual doesn't explain packages beyond that!

    So, my questions are:

    1) What is an Objective-C package?

    2) Should I organize the source files in my project by package, assuming Objective-C packages are similar to Java in regards to visibility.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    jiminaus

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    #3
    You can't. See Luke Redpath's stack overflow link above. It describes the common technique of using "namespace" prefixes on class.

    @package is used in Objective-C in the same way as @private and @public is used, which are used in the same way a Java's private and public, but for instance variables only, not for methods.

    However, @package bears no relation to Java's package in this context. The Objective-C Runtime Release Notes for Mac OS X v10.5 describes what @package means.
     

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