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Xcode 5 Start to Finish: iOS and OS X Development by Fritz Anderson

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24. Property Lists

Cocoa uses property lists (also called plists, after the common extension for property-list files) everywhere. They are the all-purpose storage medium for structured data, both for application resources and even application documents. Though I’ve put this chapter into the OS X section of this book, property lists are important to iOS developers, as well.

• Many of Apple’s standard formats for configuration files are simply specifications of keys and trees for property lists. If you want a configuration file of your own, you could do much worse than a specialized plist file.

• In particular, applications on iOS and OS X alike include an Info.plist file that tells the system how the app is to be presented and what kinds of data ...

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