Interfacelab.com: “There are only 4 basic rules when it comes to memory management in Objective-C:
If you own it, release it.
If you donâ€™t own it, donâ€™t release it.
Override dealloc in your classes to release the fields that you own.
Never call dealloc directly.
Thatâ€™s it. The first two are the most important and weâ€™ll get into the basics of object ownership next.”
Just an FYI for those coming from another platform, or language. Remember, Objective-C’s parent is plain ole C, and you can mix C and C++ with your Objective-C. Keep the alloc/free, new/delete rules in mind when allocating objects. Also remember Objective-C objects are reference counted objects. If you want to keep an object around bump its retain count by doing…
anObject = [object retain];
When you’re done make sure you do
Otherwise you’ll have a leak in your code.
I’d recommend a quick look at Cocoa Dev Central’s Learn Objective-C tutorial. It’s very good.
Once you have the rules figured out it’s fairly straight forward.