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COCOA PROGRAMMING FOR MAC OS X SECOND EDITION by Aaron Hillegass

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Chapter 23. Creating NSFormatters

A formatter takes a string and makes another object, typically so that the user can type something that is more than just a string. For example, the NSDateFormatter, when passed a string like “August 17, 1967”, converts it into an NSCalendarDate object that represents the seventeenth day of August in the year 1967 (Figure 23.1)

NSDateFormatter

Figure 23.1. NSDateFormatter

Also, a formatter can take an object and create a string for the user to see. For example, imagine a text field that has an NSDateFormatter. When the text field is sent setObjectValue: with an NSCalendarDate object, the date formatter will create a string that represents ...

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