It's certainly possible to develop on a Windows machine, in fact, my first application was exclusively developed on the old Dell Precision I had at the time :)
There are three routes;
- Install OSx86 (aka iATKOS / Kalyway) on a second partition/disk and dual boot.
- Run Mac OS X Server under VMWare (Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) onwards, read the update below).
- Use Delphi XE4 and the macincloud service. This is a commercial toolset, but the component and lib support is growing.
The first route requires modifying (or using a pre-modified) image of Leopard that can be installed on a regular PC. This is not as hard as you would think, although your success/effort ratio will depend upon how closely the hardware in your PC matches that in Mac hardware - e.g. if you're running a Core 2 Duo on an Intel Motherboard, with an NVidia graphics card you are laughing. If you're running an AMD machine or something without SSE3 it gets a little more involved.
If you purchase (or already own) a version of Leopard then this is a gray area since the Leopard EULA states you may only run it on an "Apple Labeled" machine. As many point out if you stick an Apple sticker on your PC you're probably covered.
The second option is more costly. The EULA for the workstation version of Leopard prevents it from being run under emulation and as a result, there's no support in VMWare for this. Leopard server, however, CAN be run under emulation and can be used for desktop purposes. Leopard server and VMWare are expensive, however.
If you're interested in option 1) I would suggest starting at Insanelymac and reading the OSx86 sections.
I do think you should consider whether the time you will invest is going to be worth the money you will save though. It was for me because I enjoy tinkering with this type of stuff and I started during the early iPhone betas, months before their App Store became available.
Alternatively, you could pick up a low-spec Mac Mini from eBay. You don't need much horsepower to run the SDK and you can always sell it on later if you decide to stop development or buy a better Mac.
Update: You cannot create a Mac OS X Client virtual machine for OS X 10.6 and earlier. Apple does not allow these Client OSes to be virtualized. With Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) onwards, Apple has changed its licensing agreement in regards to virtualization. Source: VMWare KnowledgeBase
You should use the
arc4random_uniform() function. It uses a superior algorithm to
rand. You don't even need to set a seed.
int r = arc4random_uniform(74);
arc4random man page:
arc4random, arc4random_stir, arc4random_addrandom -- arc4 random number generator
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
arc4random_addrandom(unsigned char *dat, int datlen);
The arc4random() function uses the key stream generator employed by the arc4 cipher, which uses 8*8 8
bit S-Boxes. The S-Boxes can be in about (2**1700) states. The arc4random() function returns pseudo-
random numbers in the range of 0 to (2**32)-1, and therefore has twice the range of rand(3) and
The arc4random_stir() function reads data from /dev/urandom and uses it to permute the S-Boxes via
There is no need to call arc4random_stir() before using arc4random(), since arc4random() automatically
The following produces a drop-in replacement for the traditional rand() and random() functions using
#define foo4random() (arc4random() % ((unsigned)RAND_MAX + 1))
You could use NSString's componentsSeparatedByCharactersInSet with whitespaceCharacterSet to first split the string on the whitespace, and then join the components using NSArray's componentsJoinedByString.