NSProtocolChecker class reference


Mike Kienenberger

Version: 35304

Date: 2012-07-19 22:43:58 -0600 (Thu, 19 Jul 2012)

Copyright: (C) 1995 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Software documentation for the NSProtocolChecker class

NSProtocolChecker : NSProxy

Declared in:
Availability: OpenStep

The NSProtocolChecker and NSProxy classes provide message filtering and forwarding capabilities. If you wish to ensure at runtime that a given object will only be sent messages in a certain protocol, you create an NSProtocolChecker instance with the protocol and the object as arguments-
    id versatileObject = [[ClassWithManyMethods alloc] init];
    id narrowObject = [NSProtocolChecker protocolCheckerWithTarget: versatileObject
                                         protocol: @protocol(SomeSpecificProtocol)];
    return narrowObject;
This is often used in conjunction with distributed objects to expose only a subset of an objects methods to remote processes
Method summary

protocolCheckerWithTarget: protocol: 

+ (id) protocolCheckerWithTarget: (NSObject*)anObject protocol: (Protocol*)aProtocol;
Availability: OpenStep

Allocates and initializes an NSProtocolChecker instance by calling -initWithTarget:protocol:
Autoreleases and returns the new instance.


- (void) forwardInvocation: (NSInvocation*)anInvocation;
Availability: OpenStep

Forwards any message to the delegate if the method is declared in the checker's protocol; otherwise raises an NSInvalidArgumentException.

initWithTarget: protocol: 

- (id) initWithTarget: (NSObject*)anObject protocol: (Protocol*)aProtocol;
Availability: OpenStep

Initializes a newly allocated NSProtocolChecker instance that will forward any messages in the aProtocol protocol to anObject, its delegate. Thus, the checker can be vended in lieu of anObject to restrict the messages that can be sent to anObject. If any method in the protocol returns anObject, the checker will replace the returned value with itself rather than the target object.
Returns the new instance.


- (Protocol*) protocol;
Availability: OpenStep

Returns the protocol object the checker uses to verify whether a given message should be forwarded to its delegate.


- (NSObject*) target;
Availability: OpenStep

Returns the target of the NSProtocolChecker.