Collections can hold either objects or primitive C types. More
specifically, collections can hold any of the types in the
elt union defined in
coll/elt.h. All contents of a
collection must be of the same type.
You declare which type the collection will hold at collection
initialization time, and the type can not be changed later. You
specify the type using the Objective-C
You can find out the type held by a collection with the method
contentEncoding (see section Querying).
Many operations are independent of the type the collection holds. For
example the method
-(unsigned)count returns the number of members
in the collection.
Other operations need to take arguments of different types depending on
whether the contents are objects or some other type. In this case there
will be two methods, distinguished by the words
Element in their method name. For example,