Friday, November 19, 2010


In this post I will explain you how to display a simple segmented control on to the iPhone screen with some basic functionalities.

Design Phase: I will take a segmented Control and a textview and on the hit of the segmented control I am trying to change the text of the textview. So here's how it's done. Here's how our final design will look like.

Step 1: Create a window based application and add a class file to it which inherits from UIViewController with any name of your choice (I have given segmentedviewController as the name of my class file).

Step 2: In this step we will design our application, first we will make the initial settings for our segmented Control and then we will go for the textView object but before doing that we have to declare the objects of these class into the .h file.

The above code has a function named changeTextonSegmentSelect which will change the text of the textView and you can see that it takes a parameter which is the object of UISegmentedControl this is because I wanted to chane the text based upon the selected index of the segmented control.

and now lets go to the .m file where we will get the init method and we can do some coding

@implementation segmentedviewController

 // The designated initializer.  Override if you create the controller programmatically and want to perform customization that is not appropriate for viewDidLoad.
- (id)initWithNibName:(NSString *)nibNameOrNil bundle:(NSBundle *)nibBundleOrNil {
    if (self = [super initWithNibName:nibNameOrNil bundle:nibBundleOrNil]) {
        // Custom initialization
NSArray *items = [[NSArray alloc]initWithObjects:@"One",@"Two",@"Three",@"Four",@"Five",nil];
segmentcontrol_object = [[UISegmentedControl alloc]initWithItems:items];
[segmentcontrol_object setFrame:CGRectMake(53, 74, 207, 44)];
segmentcontrol_object.segmentedControlStyle = UISegmentedControlStyleBar;
[segmentcontrol_object addTarget:self action:@selector(changeTextonSegmentSelect:) forControlEvents:UIControlEventValueChanged];
[items release];
txtView = [[UITextView alloc]initWithFrame:CGRectMake(41, 155, 230, 238)];
[txtView setFont:[UIFont fontWithName:@"Georgia" size:30]];
txtView.textAlignment = UITextAlignmentCenter;
txtView.text = @"Default Text";
    return self;

In the above code you can see that in the start I have took an NSArray this is because the segmentedControl has a method called initWithItems which takes an object of NSArray as its argument.
After that I have made the settings and adjusted the frame of both the controls. If you read the code the code is pretty much self explanatory.

Now lets go to the loadView method and add these controls to your current view

- (void)loadView {
[super loadView];
[self.view addSubview:segmentcontrol_object];
[self.view addSubview:txtView];

Step 3: Now lets give body to our method called changeTextonSegmentSelect and it looks like this

-(void) changeTextonSegmentSelect:(UISegmentedControl*)sender;

So lets see the code to this method into the .m file of segmentedviewController

In the above code I have used swithc case inorder to check which index of the segment control was selected by the user and on the basis of that selection I have changed the text of the textView.
Now the final part is to add this view into the iPhone window so for this we will go into the AppDelegate.m file of our project and add this code to your AppDelegate.m file and you are done

Step 4: Press Build and Go to run the application and when you do that the application will load in the iPhone simulator and you will get the below output

I hope this post was helpful to you, Happy iCoding and have a great Day


  1. As always : focused and clear.

  2. Shouldn't you release the txtView and segmentcontrol_object after adding them to the view in the loadView method ?

  3. @Anonymous: Yes we should release them as we are the owner, but i always wondered sometimes that when i run my app an app pool is created and my app gets loaded inside the app pool and when i hit the home button my app is terminated i.e. the pool in which my app was residing will be terminated so in this case what will happen to those objects if i do not release such objects i think they will be terminated too but this methodology is not recommended by apple because the memory for the iPhone is limited if you don't release your objects and run your app then it might happen that your application will run out of memory at a particular stage and you have to face the embarrassment as their is a lot of object allocation process which goes on when you run an app and they too require memory.

    For releasing the objects you have a dealloc method which is given at the bottom of the viewController.m file you release your objects their, this method is called whenever your application is terminated so that it can free up the memory allocated by the objects that you owned.