MonoTouch 3.0.12

 

Highlights

These are the higlights of this release:

  • Automatic memory management for UIAlertView and UIActionSheet.
  • CoreData API (MonoTouch.CoreData).
  • New Foundation types:
    • MonoTouch.Foundation.NSExpression (for CoreData).
    • Implicit conversions from integral data types to NSNumber.
    • Explicit conversions to extract values from an NSNumber.
    • Indexers for NSStrings

Automatic Memory Management for UIAlertView and UIActionSheet

Previously, when you created UIAlertView objects or UIActionSheet objects, you needed to keep a reference to the object in a field or some structure to prevent the instances from being garbage collected. For example, this code could randomly fail depending on whether the Garbage Collector ran or not:

view plainprint?
var a = new UIActionSheet (...);  
a.Clicked += delegate {... }

In the above example, since the variable is a local variable (a is no longer referenced when the function terminates) the Garbage Collector could release the value of "a" before the user gets a chance to interact with the view.

With this release, when you use C# events to configure your UIActionSheet or UIAlertView, the runtime will automatically keep a reference to the object and release it when the view is dimissed.

CoreData APIs

The CoreData APIs came from the contributions done to MonoMac from the Mono-OSX community and are now included with MonoTouch as well. These provide access to the Objective-C APIs that support CoreData.

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.