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I am having trouble figuring out how parts of the example application work with undo.

For instance:

the method on SKTGraphicView defines an action name for an undo operation, but does not actually call prepareWithInvocationTarget: or a registerUndoWithTarget: etc… or anything I can find to define how to undo a delete… How is the undo functionality implemented in this case? How does the UndoManager know how to undo the delete: ? Am I missing some code somewhere?


self drawDocument] performSelector:@selector(removeGraphic:) withEachObjectInArray:selCopy]

Will call removeGraphic: for each selected graphic:

// in [[SKTDrawDocument.m

Which calls this method:

// in SKTDrawDocument.m

And that’s where the prepareWithInvocationTarget: method is getting called. – [[RyanBates

Using AspectCocoa to generate a trace of what’s going on really helps a lot in this case, SketchDotAppUndoTrace

The real problem here isn’t figuring out how works with undo, it is designing an application that is well structured. Clearly in this case, it is confusing to have the undo functionality structured in this way. This is exactly the sort of problem that Aspect-Oriented Programming was created to solve. By defining undo functionality in a seperate aspect, not mixed in with the rest of the program, we might be able to figure out what’s going on by reading the code and not having to trace the method calls. This is known as a seperation of concerns. -JacobBurkhart

Just my two cents, I don’t think separating the undo functionality from the rest of the program will help solve this issue. Part of the beauty of the undo manager is the almost “free” redo support which wouldn’t be possible if it were separated. As far as the Sketch example goes, I do consider it confusing that the SKTGraphic class contains the removeGraphic: method (why would an object be removing itself?), but then again, I haven’t studied the Sketch example well enough to fully understand the reasoning behind this. – RyanBates

actually it’s in SKTDrawDocument not SKTGraphic… code above reflects this correction

2004-04-07 15:01:26.492 Sketch[394] —after drawDocument on SKTGraphicView 2004-04-07 15:01:26.492 Sketch[394] —before removeGraphic: on SKTDrawDocument 2004-04-07 15:01:26.492 Sketch[394] —-before removeGraphicAtIndex: on SKTDrawDocument

although it appears you posted the original code, so maybe we’re working with different versions of Sketch, mine is 1.3.2 (v42), what’s yours -JacobBurkhart

Your right! Sorry, don’t know what I was thinking. Thanks for clearing that up. –RyanBates