I would like to post an answer from the objc-language mailing list.
On Apr 25, 2008, at 2:06 PM, JongAm Park wrote:
With C++, there is a macro*__cplusplus*. Is there anything analogous for the Objective-C 2.0?
The Xcode 3.0 support converting to Obj-C 2.0 code from pre-2.0 code. However, there are people who still use Obj-C pre 2.0, or even though they use the 2.0, they may want to maintain code compatibility with an old compiler.
So, if there is a macro __OBJC_2_0__, it would be very helpful to write appropriate code for both pre-2.0 and 2.0 compiler.
So, the code will be like :
statements in Objective-C 2.0 syntax
statement in Obj-C pre 2.0 syntax
There are no macros that match the available syntax. The available flags are:
This is set based on the low-level runtime API available. OBJC_API_VERSION==0 is the legacy API. OBJC_API_VERSION==2 means the function-based API added in Leopard is available. This is closer to what you want; it helps because it will disallow the new syntax when the deployment target is pre-Leopard, but if you’re compiling for 10.5+ then it doesn’t tell you whether your compiler knows about the new syntax.
This is set based on the ABI version (i.e. the metadata format on disk). This distinguishes between the legacy (i386+ppc) version and the modern (x86_64+ppc64) version. This isn’t what you want.
You could use OBJC_API_VERSION if your supported combinations are:
* Old compiler with deployment target older than Leopard
* New compiler with any deployment target
Thank you, Mr. Parker for the information.