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hookshot installation

Get the code

If you're using git 1.8, you can use git subtree for easy inclusion of the hookshot codebase:

git subtree add --prefix=path/within/repo/for/hookshot --squash \ master

Later, you can upgrade to the latest revision of hookshot with:

git subtree pull --prefix=path/within/repo/for/hookshot --squash \ master

If you make changes and want to submit a pull request, fork hookshot, and then:

git subtree pull --prefix=path/within/repo/for/hookshot --squash \ master

and then submit your pull request from your forked repo.

Alternately, just download all the files in Classes, bin, and hookshot.xcodeproj and save them in a convenient place.

Install Python dependencies

In your Terminal:

pip install argparse
pip install flask

Add to your project

Open Finder, navigate to hookshot.xcodeproj, and drag it in to your project:

Drag hookshot in to your project

should result in something like this:

After adding hookshot

Select the subproject, then choose Build Settings. Search for c++

  • Ensure C++ Language Dialect is GNU++11 or C++11

  • Ensure C++ Standard Library is libc++

C++ settings

Search for header

  • Add relative or full path to hookshot/Classes to Header Search Paths

Header search paths

Search for preprocessor

  • Add HOOKSHOT_ENABLED=1 to Preprocessor Macros for your Debug target(s)

Select your root project. For each the target you want to use hookshot with

  • Select Build Phases

  • Open the Link Binary With Libraries panel

Before linking libraries

  • Add libhookshot.a

  • Add libc++.dylib

Link libraries

You're now ready to start using hookshot!

Instrument your code

We recommend adding instrumentation in your AppDelegate class's initialize method:

+ (void)initialize;
    if (self != [AppDelegate class]) {
    if ([[[[NSProcessInfo processInfo] environment] objectForKey:@"HookshotProfile"] isEqualToString:@"YES"]) {
        HOOKSHOT_PROFILE_CLASS([UIWebView class]);

We use the environment variable strategy shown above to almost completely eliminate the cost of hookshot when you aren't using it. hookshot is an instrumenting profiler, so when it's on your application will run slower (probably noticeably slower).

The good news: most of hookshot is installed at runtime (see above), so you can enable or disable it with an environment variable.

We recommend creating a special scheme for running with profiling turned on. We use a scheme instead of a target because it's much faster to switch between the two (no re-indexing in XCode!).

  • Click Product > Manage Schemes

  • Duplicate your main scheme

  • Rename it to something like "(your scheme name) with hookshot"

  • Add an environment variable named HookshotEnable and set it to YES

Manage Schemes

Hookshot scheme

More information on how to use hookshot in your code is available in the README.

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