Friday, May 22, 2015


Arkadiusz Holko’s ReflectableEnum (via Mac Dev Weekly):

A macro and a set of functions introducing reflection for enumerations in Objective-C.


  • get a string value for an enumeration's member (which is a common problem)
  • get all values used in an enumeration (also a prevalent issue)
  • get a minimum value in an enumeration
  • get a maximum value in an enumeration

You replace NS_ENUM with REFLECTABLE_ENUM, which parses the text of the definition and generates a family of helper functions.

See also: JREnum, which seems to be more flexible about the values it supports, but uses typedef enum instead of NS_ENUM.

Update (2015-05-26): Arkadiusz Holko now has a blog post about ReflectableEnum.

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