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Cocoa® Programming Developer’s Handbook, Second Edition by David Chisnall

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Chapter 25. Advanced Tricks

Objective-C is a powerful dynamic language. It was designed as a simple Smalltalk-like extension to the C language to support object orientation. While there are some limitations in this approach, it generally conveys most of the power of both languages.

The C language is little more than a cross-platform assembly language. As with an assembly language, it is very good for writing code that is close to the hardware. C is a great language for people who love microoptimization, as it’s often possible to control exactly what the processor is doing. This is especially true of GCC, which exposes a number of instructions directly to the programmer as built-in functions. These are compiled to single instructions, only using ...

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