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Can I use C++ to program iphone on xcode ?

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Hello Guys,

I'm trying to learn objective-C but it's so different to me, and you have to be really good memory management unlike other languages where I never worried that much about memory before.

Anyway, Can I just develop iPhone Apps using C++ ?

Please be detailed in your answer.
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by:gawhemant
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Hello,
Try this out
1. Open XCode.
2. File/New Project...
3. In the "New Project" Assistant, expand the "Command Line Utility" group.
4. Select "C++ Tool"
5. Click "Next"
6. Give a project name and directory, then click "Finish".
7. Press Cmd-Shift-R to open the Console window. Output will appear there.
8. Click the "Build and Go" toolbar button.
This following link and videos also might prove helpful to you..
Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV6ObxDm9cY  (calculator in C++ in Xcode)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHrvKE1bXdU 

Links Which will help you out.
http://answers.oreilly.com/topic/631-how-to-get-c-and-objective-c-to-play-nicely-in-xcode/
http://iphonedevelopertips.com/cpp/c-on-iphone-part-1.html
Regards,
Hemant
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by:heiba
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@gawhemant

Thanks for your reply and for the great info on C++ in XCode, but I was looking for information on actually programming iphone apps using C++. I checked the links you gave me but they didn't say much.

Why would I have to use Objective-C ? Can I build a whole app using C++ ? what technical constrainst would using C++ put on me ?

Thanks
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Hello,

Short answer, yes, sort of. You can use Objective-C++, which you can read about at Apple Developer Connection.
Go through the following link...

http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ObjectiveC/Articles/ocCPlusPlus.html

If you know C++ already, learning Objective-C would be pretty simple, if you decided to give that a try. More info on that topic is at the ADC as well.

Regards,

Hemant
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