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Johann Dowa

Tutorial: Creating Universal iOS Frameworks With Xcode 4 (Make That Open Source Library Work With ARC!)

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In the past i mentioned a couple of tutorials on how to build frameworks with iOS – unfortunately they have now become updated with the release of Xcode 4.

With the release of iOS 5 SDK and the addition of ARC I have read comments from visitors, and received questions on how to get some of the open source libraries on this site to work with ARC.  A very simple way to do this is to take those libraries and turn them into an iOS framework.

Today I came across an excellent up to date guide on creating universal frameworks from Justin DeWind using Xcode 4 that includes build scripts to simplify the process.  You can find the tutorial here.

In the past I also mentioned the open source universal iOS framework and a tutorial on how to use it.  Which is another way to create iOS frameworks in Xcode 4.

Both tutorials might make you use Xcode 4 in ways you’re not used to which can make this a challenge the first time you do it, but once you’ve done it once it is pretty easy to do.

If you’ve been wanting to get those old frameworks working with your new ARC projects this is the way to go.


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