FCMutableArray 1.0

FCMutableArray 1.0

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License Custom
ReleasedLast Release Dec 2014

Maintained by Unclaimed.

  • By
  • Florent Crivello

FCMutableArray is a composite class that behaves in the same way than an NSMutableArray, adding a delegate to it.

The delegate is informed each time an object is added or removed from the array, and is also asked the permission to do so. That makes FCMutableArray a very good candidate to manage object queues.

For example, if you want to manage a queue of UILabels that simply represent an NSString, you can add the NSStrings to your FCMutableArray, and transform them into UILabels with the delegate:

- (BOOL)shouldAddObject:(id)object toArray:(FCMutableArray *)array {
    if ([object isKindOfClass:[NSString class]]) {
        UILabel *myLabel = [[UILabel alloc] init];  
        myLabel.text = object;
        return NO;


As you can see in the sample included in this repository, I consistently find FCMutableArrays to be at least 20~30x slower than a regular NSMutableArray. This is the minimal footprint it adds to your program, with a delegate implementing all the methods, but not doing anything in them. This difference doesn't matter for smal to medium arrays (<500 objects), but FCMutableArray for sure shouldn't be considered for large data handlings.