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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

Designing the data model

Designing a data model means defining entities, attributes, and relationships for our application using a special tool. Xcode includes a data modeling tool (also known as Data Model Editor or simply a modeler) that facilitates the creation of entities, defining attributes, and the relationships among them.

Data Model Editor

The Data Model Editor is a data modeling tool provided by Xcode that makes the job of designing a data model quite easy. It displays the browser as well as a diagram view of the data model. The Browser view displays two panes, the Entity pane and the Properties pane, for defining entities and their respective properties. The diagram view displays rounded rectangles that designate entities and lines to show relationships among the entities.

Adding an entity

To add an entity to our data model, perform the following steps:

  1. 1. Invoke the data modeling tool by double-clicking the prob.xcdatamodel file in the Resources group found in the Xcode Project...