Defined behavior of cast from unsigned char * to char * in Objective-C

I understand the difference between unsigned char * and char * types. I also understand how to use reinterpret_cast to cast an unsigned char * to a char * in C++.

I'm using sqlite3 in Objective-C and am trying to get an NSString from a call to

sqlite3_column_text(...);

To do this, I'm basically doing:

char *cParam = (char *)sqlite3_column_text(compiledStatementPtr, 0); NSString *aParam = nil; if (cParam) { aParam = [NSString stringWithUTF8String:cParam]; }

sqlite3_column_text(), however, returns an unsigned char * and I'm worried about the behavior of the cast to char *. I've read that the cast is implemenation specific and I was wondering if this is a safe cast in Objective-C or if I'm totally barking up the wrong tree?

-------------Problems Reply------------

You don't have much to worry about due to the cast. Actually, Apple sample code uses the exact same code pattern you are using:

self.title =
[NSString stringWithUTF8String:(char *)sqlite3_column_text(init_statement, 0)];

(From SQLite Book List Book.m class).

I think you should be more concerned with the database actually having UTF-8 strings.

Category:objective c Views:0 Time:2009-08-05

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