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Is this going to get me into trouble?

What I’m worried about is all the timers that get inserted into the run loop. They get invalidated, but I don’t really know what that means. Are they really gone? Are they polluting my run loop in some way?

Thanks, [[KenFerry

I’d still like to know about the timers, but the proper solution to my problem seems to be General/DelayedMessaging:

Invalidating a timer is supposed to remove it from the run-loop.

Is it? That’s what I’m not sure about.

From :

“There is no method that removes the association of a timer from an General/NSRunLoop, send the timer the invalidate message instead. invalidate disables the timer, so it no longer affects the General/NSRunLoop.”

on the other hand..

- (void)invalidate

Stops the receiver from ever firing again and removes it from any run loops. This is the only way to remove a timer from an General/NSRunLoop.”

The first sounds like it’s still there, it just can’t affect anything. The second explicitly says it’s gone. Well, I guess you’re probably right.

Yes, a better thing to do is

[self performSelector:@selector(complete:) withObject:nil afterDelay:0.5];

so you don’t have to mess around with a timer. You can get into trouble with this though if you call this too frequently – say more frequently than 0.5 seconds. You’ll end up calling your selector once for every call to performSelector:withObject:afterDelay: even if you’d rather they coalesce. So I usually do something like this:

General/self class] cancelPreviousPerformRequestsWithTarget:self selector:@selector(complete:) object:nil]; [self performSelector:@selector(complete:) withObject:nil afterDelay:0.5];

You can do the same thing with a timer:

NSTimer *mDelayTimer;

See? performSelector:withObject:afterDelay: is easier.

– [[MikeTrent

But I don’t get all the fuss. It’s very probable that performSelector: withObject: afterDelay: itself uses a timer. And if you look at the first code snipped on this page, then if the timer hasn’t fired, its reused, and delayed a little. Which IMHO is the best and most efficient solution to this problem. General/SubEthaEdit uses this mechanism in the delayed mode of the Live-Web-Preview and it caused no problems.

– General/DominikWagner