Objective-C NSArray

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Creating NSArray instances[edit | edit source]

NSArray *array1 = [NSArray arrayWithObjects:@"one", @"two", @"three", nil];
NSArray *array2 = @[@"one", @"two", @"three"];

Sorting Arrays[edit | edit source]

The most flexible ways to sort an array is with the sortedArrayUsingComparator: method. This accepts an ^NSComparisonResult(id obj1, id obj2) block.

 Return Value            Description
 NSOrderedAscending      obj1 comes before obj2
 NSOrderedSame           obj1 and obj2 have no order
 NSOrderedDescending     obj1 comes after obj2


   NSArray *categoryArray = @[@"Apps", @"Music", @"Songs",
                     @"iTunes", @"Books", @"Videos"];

    NSArray *sortedArray = [categoryArray sortedArrayUsingComparator:
^NSComparisonResult(id obj1, id obj2) {
    if ([obj1 length] < [obj2 length]) {
        return NSOrderedAscending;
    } else if ([obj1 length] > [obj2 length]) {
        return NSOrderedDescending;
    } else {
        return NSOrderedSame;

 NSLog(@"%@", sortedArray);

Filter NSArray and NSMutableArray[edit | edit source]

NSMutableArray *array =
    [NSMutableArray arrayWithObjects:@"Ken", @"Tim", @"Chris", @"Steve",@"Charlie",@"Melissa", nil];

NSPredicate *bPredicate =
    [NSPredicate predicateWithFormat:@"SELF beginswith[c] 'c'"];
NSArray *beginWithB =
    [array filteredArrayUsingPredicate:bPredicate];
// beginWith "C" contains { @"Chris", @"Charlie" }.

NSPredicate *sPredicate =
    [NSPredicate predicateWithFormat:@"SELF contains[c] 'a'"];
[array filterUsingPredicate:sPredicate];
// array now contains { @"Charlie", @"Melissa" }