Make Background of UIView a Gradient Without Sub Classing

You can use +[UIColor colorWithPatternImage:] to produce a patterned background. Example (bring your own CGGradient):

// Allocate color space
CGColorSpaceRef colorSpace = CGColorSpaceCreateDeviceRGB();
// Allocate bitmap context
CGContextRef bitmapContext = CGBitmapContextCreate(NULL, 320, 480, 8, 4 * 320, colorSpace, kCGImageAlphaNoneSkipFirst);
//allocate myGradient
CGFloat locationList[]  = {0.0f, 1.0f};
CGFloat colorList[]     = {0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f, 0.0f};
CGGradientRef myGradient   = CGGradientCreateWithColorComponents(colorSpace, colorList, locationList, 2);
// Draw Gradient Here
CGContextDrawLinearGradient(bitmapContext, myGradient, CGPointMake(0.0f, 0.0f), CGPointMake(320.0f, 480.0f), 0);
// Create a CGImage from context
CGImageRef cgImage = CGBitmapContextCreateImage(bitmapContext);
// Create a UIImage from CGImage
UIImage *uiImage = [UIImage imageWithCGImage:cgImage];
// Release the CGImage
// Release the bitmap context
// Release the color space
// Create the patterned UIColor and set as background color
[targetView setBackgroundColor:[UIColor colorWithPatternImage:image]];

It will probably be simpler to just create a UIView subclass though. It will use less memory as well.

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