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Core Data iOS Essentials

By : Bintu Harwani, B. M. Harwani
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Core Data iOS Essentials

By: Bintu Harwani, B. M. Harwani

Overview of this book

Core Data is the essential ingredient in data driven iOS apps. It's used for storing, retrieving, and manipulating application data in databases, XML, and binary formats. It's an essential component for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad apps.Core Data Essentials provides a clear, readable guide to the most useful aspects of Core Data. Built around a realistic example app, the book showcases the most important aspects of Core Data development in the context of a complete, functioning app written in Objective C.The book starts with a tour of how the app works. Then you'll see how to easily display data using the Table View. You'll learn how to develop an appropriate data model that fits the needs of your app, then implement that model as updatable data objects. You'll see how to update data and build relationships between objects and learn how Core Data can work with search, and how to provide your users with friendly data editing features.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Core Data iOS Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Core Data API

The Core Data API, also called the stack, consists of three main components:

  • NSPersistentStoreCoordinator

  • NSManagedObjectModel

  • NSManagedObjectContext

The PersistentStoreCoordinator plays a major role in storing and retrieving managed objects from the Persistent Store via ManagedObjectContext. We can see in the following figure how the three are related:

The Managed Object Model (an instance of NSManagedObjectModel class) is created from the data model of our application. If there is more than one data model in our application, the Managed Object Model is created by merging all of the data models found in the application bundle. The managed object (instance of the NSManagedObject class or its subclass) represents an instance of an entity that is maintained (managed) by the Core Data framework. A managed object is an instance of an Objective-C class, but it differs from other objects in three main ways:

  • A managed object must be an instance of NSManagedObject or of a class...