Instance Method


Begins the execution of the operation.


- (void)start;


The default implementation of this method updates the execution state of the operation and calls the receiver’s main method. This method also performs several checks to ensure that the operation can actually run. For example, if the receiver was cancelled or is already finished, this method simply returns without calling main. (In OS X v10.5, this method throws an exception if the operation is already finished.) If the operation is currently executing or is not ready to execute, this method throws an NSInvalidArgumentException exception. In OS X v10.5, this method catches and ignores any exceptions thrown by your main method automatically. In macOS 10.6 and later, exceptions are allowed to propagate beyond this method. You should never allow exceptions to propagate out of your main method.

If you are implementing a concurrent operation, you must override this method and use it to initiate your operation. Your custom implementation must not call super at any time. In addition to configuring the execution environment for your task, your implementation of this method must also track the state of the operation and provide appropriate state transitions. When the operation executes and subsequently finishes its work, it should generate KVO notifications for the isExecuting and isFinished key paths respectively. For more information about manually generating KVO notifications, see Key-Value Observing Programming Guide.

You can call this method explicitly if you want to execute your operations manually. However, it is a programmer error to call this method on an operation object that is already in an operation queue or to queue the operation after calling this method. Once you add an operation object to a queue, the queue assumes all responsibility for it.

See Also

Executing the Operation

- main

Performs the receiver’s non-concurrent task.


The block to execute after the operation’s main task is completed.