Objective-C – How to use member variables in the categories.

.h

@interface UIView (ObjectTagAdditions)
@property (nonatomic, retain) id objectTag;
@end

.m

#import <objc/runtime.h>
static char const * const ObjectTagKey = "ObjectTag";

@implementation UIView (ObjectTagAdditions)
@dynamic objectTag;

- (id)objectTag {
    return objc_getAssociatedObject(self, &ObjectTagKey);
}

- (void)setObjectTag:(id)newObjectTag {
    objc_setAssociatedObject(self, &ObjectTagKey, newObjectTag, OBJC_ASSOCIATION_RETAIN_NONATOMIC);
}

Cited from : http://oleb.net/blog/2011/05/faking-ivars-in-objc-categories-with-associative-references/
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One Response to “Objective-C – How to use member variables in the categories.”

  1. praveenmatanam Says:

    If you copy the UIView instance that has objectTag value to new instance. The new instance won’t hold the objectTag value, so manually set the objectTag value.

    UIView newView = [oldView copy];
    newView.objectTag = oldView.objectTag;


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