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View Hierarchy

All views are organized in a hierarchy, which can easily be thought of as a tree. All views have a parent view that owns them and may have subviews that they own.

The root view in any hierarchy is the UIView property of the controller on the screen. All views are ultimately subviews of this view.

Views are placed on the screen based on a property called frame. Frame is of type CGRect (a struct, not an Objective-C object– no asterix when declaring, no objective-c methods) and has four fields:

  1. x- horizontal displacement from parent's origin
  2. y- vertical displacement from parent's origin
  3. width
  4. height

The origin (the coordinates 0,0) of every view is in the top left corner. Note that views do not orient themselves in the window's coordinate system, but of their parent's coordinate system. Subviews of a Controller's view property with origin at (100, 100) appear at (100, 100), but subviews of that subview at (100, 100) appear at (200, 200) in reference to the view controller's origin.

You cannot edit the frame property of a view by changing its fields, you must set the whole property at once by assigning a new CGRect, using

CGRectMake(x, y, width, height);

Views are automatically set as children when dragging in new views in InterfaceBuilder and will appear if their parent appears. When adding a view programmatically by instantiating and setting its frame, you must call [PARENT addSubview:CHILD] in order to add it to the view hierarchy.

ios-labs-s14/intermediate-views.txt · Last modified: 2014/02/23 21:44 by mbarboi