Observing an NSMutableArray for insertion/removal

But shouldn’t the synthesized accessors automatically return such a proxy object?


What’s the proper way to work around this–should I write a custom accessor that just invokes [super mutableArrayValueForKey...]?

No. Implement the array accessors. When you call these, KVO will post the appropriate notifications automatically. So all you have to do is:

[myObject insertObject:newObject inTheArrayAtIndex:[myObject countOfTheArray]];

and the Right Thing will happen automatically.

For convenience, you can write an addTheArrayObject: accessor. This accessor would call one of the real array accessors described above:

- (void) addTheArrayObject:(NSObject *) newObject {
    [self insertObject:newObject inTheArrayAtIndex:[self countOfTheArray]];

(You can and should fill in the proper class for the objects in the array, in place of NSObject.)

Then, instead of [myObject insertObject:…], you write [myObject addTheArrayObject:newObject].

Sadly, add<Key>Object: and its counterpart remove<Key>Object: are, last I checked, only recognized by KVO for set (as in NSSet) properties, not array properties, so you don’t get free KVO notifications with them unless you implement them on top of accessors it does recognize. I filed a bug about this: x-radar://problem/6407437

I have a list of all the accessor selector formats on my blog.

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