When I started out learning iOS application development I wished that there
was a list of libraries that were proven to work well, were well documented
and had great coverage on Stack
Here is the list of libraries and frameworks I use with great success in my
ASIHTTPRequest — A perfectly decent
library for all of your HTTP requests including downloading the content of a
URL or submitting a form to a website API/endpoint. (Alternatives: GTM HTTP
SBJSON — A great JSON parser and
generator. Turn JSON into NSDictionary’s NSArrays (etc) and vice versa.
Apple’s Reachability class — Included in ASIHTTPRequest, but
worth a mention. Apple provides a class for detecting whether you have 3G/Edge
access and the device is capable of routing IP traffic. It also pings Apple’s
servers to check if you have “greater internet” availability.
EGOImageView — If you are
working on a web-based app and you need to show a tableview full of web-loaded
images you will want a library like this.
MBProgressHUD — A fairly easy to
implement class for showing a translucent HUD (Heads Up Display). Use this if
you want to notify a user that an operation has completed or the progress of
some database operations that are running.
SFHFKeychainUtils — Fairly
straightforward class for interacting with iOS’ keychain. If you are storing
user’s passwords in NSUserDefaults – stop. Use the keychain and give this
class a go.
MOC/NSManagedObject+Additions — Custom proprietary class for handling core
data interaction. Written by @abhibeckert
with additions from yours truly. If you are using or have written a very light
weight Core Data wrapper, let me know in the comments.
If you have tried any of these and have found an alternative that works better
let me know in the comments.