Obj-C literals make your code cleaner and more compact, but hand-updating a large codebase to take advantage of Obj-C literals would be a bore, and all too easy to mess up during a distracted moment.
This is what automated refactoring tools were designed for. And Apple has
provided us with an oft-overlooked arrow in our devtools quiver that’s just
what we need here:
man tops. The tool has a decent understanding of Obj-C
syntax and accepts scripts that let you rewrite code to use new method calls,
new functions, and what-have-you. The examples make it look like this tool was
invented to ease the transition from NeXT-style Obj-C to Cocoa, like this gem:
replace "NXGetNamedObject(<b args>)" with same error "ApplicationConversion: NXGetNamedObject() is obsolete. Replace with nib file outlets."
That should take some of you way back.
Anyway, with this tool, modernizing your code can be as simple as:
tops -semiverbose -scriptfile literals.tops **/*.(h|m|hpp|mm)
Want to check that it will do the right thing? Throw
-dont into the args.
Want to watch over its shoulders as it rewrites your code? Replace
-semiverbose with straight-up
Now, for that magical script file:
And here’s an Obj-C file to test it against: