An RKValueTransformer for transforming between NSDictionary and CLLocation representations of a geographical coordinate
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An RKValueTransforming compliant class for transforming values between NSDictionary and CLLocation representations of a geographic coordinate.

RKCLLocationValueTransformer is simple class that provides for the transformation of geographic coordiante data between NSDictionary and CLLocation representations. It is built on top of the RKValueTransformers and is designed for use with RestKit. The transformer is initialized with a set of keys specifying how the latitude and longitude are stored within a dictionary. Once the transformer is registered with RestKit you can transparently object map CLLocation values when interacting with a web services API.



Basic usage is identical to all other RKValueTransforming classes.

#import "RKCLLocationValueTransformer.h"

RKCLLocationValueTransformer *locationValueTransformer = [RKCLLocationValueTransformer locationValueTransformerWithLatitudeKey:@"latitude" longitudeKey:@"longitude"];

// Transforming NSDictionary -> CLLocation
CLLocation *location = nil;
NSError *error = nil;
BOOL success = [locationValueTransformer transformValue:@{ @"latitude": @"40.7680", @"longitude": @"73.9819" } toValue:&location ofClass:[CLLocation class] error:&error];

// Transforming CLLocation -> NSDictionary
NSDictionary *dictionary = nil;
CLLocation *location = [[CLLocation alloc] initWithLatitude:40.7680 longitude:73.9819];
success = [valueTransformer transformValue:location toValue:&dictionary ofClass:[NSDictionary class] error:&error];

Registration as a Default Value Transformer

A location transformer can be registered with the default value transformer for global use.

#import "RKCLLocationValueTransformer.h"

RKCLLocationValueTransformer *locationValueTransformer = [RKCLLocationValueTransformer locationValueTransformerWithLatitudeKey:@"latitude" longitudeKey:@"longitude"];
[[RKValueTransformer defaultValueTransformer] addValueTransformer:locationValueTransformer];

Integration with RestKit

Requires RestKit v0.21.0 and up*

The RKCLLocationValueTransformer class is primarily designed for use with RestKit to enable the object mapping of coordinate data in an API. To do so you must configure the RKAttributeMapping for the CLLocation property to use the value transformer. The examples below detail how to make this configuration.

Mapping from JSON to a CLLocation Property

    "user": {
        "name": "Blake Watters",
        "location": {
            "latitude": "40.708",
            "longitude": "74.012"

Given the above JSON, you could configure an object mapping and request descriptor to access the data as follows:

#import "RKCLLocationValueTransformer.h"

@interface User : NSObject
@property (nonatomic, copy) NSString *name;
@property (nonatomic, copy) CLLocation *location;

RKObjectMapping *userMapping = [RKObjectMapping mappingForClass:[User class]];
[userMapping addAttributeMappingsFromArray:@[ @"name" ]];
RKAttributeMapping *attributeMapping = [RKAttributeMapping attributeMappingFromKeyPath:@"location" toKeyPath:@"location"];
attributeMapping.valueTransformer = [RKCLLocationValueTransformer locationValueTransformerWithLatitudeKey:@"latitude" longitudeKey:@"longitude"];
[userMapping addPropertyMapping:attributeMapping];

RKResponseDescriptor *responseDescriptor = [RKResponseDescriptor responseDescriptorWithMapping:userMapping method:RKRequestMethodAny pathPattern:nil keyPath:@"user" statusCodes:[NSIndexSet indexSetWithIndex:200]];

Upon successful completion of the request, an instance of the User object would be created and the name attribute would equal @"Blake Watters" and the location attribute would be a CLLocation instance whose latitude and longitude properties are equal to 40.708 and 74.012 respectively.

Mapping from a CLLocation Property to HTTP Parameters

Mapping from your local domain object back into an NSDictionary for use with a PUT, POST, or PATCH operation requires slightly more configuration. Because there are no type hints availabe when mapping from a local object into an NSDictionary (as there are no properties to introspect) we must explicitly tell RestKit how we want the CLLocation object represented so that the value transformer can handle it:

RKObjectMapping *userRequestMapping = [RKObjectMapping requestMapping];
[userRequestMapping addAttributeMappingsFromArray:@[ @"name" ]];
RKAttributeMapping *attributeMapping = [RKAttributeMapping attributeMappingFromKeyPath:@"location" toKeyPath:@"location"];
attributeMapping.propertyValueClass = [NSDictionary class];
attributeMapping.valueTransformer = [RKCLLocationValueTransformer locationValueTransformerWithLatitudeKey:@"latitude" longitudeKey:@"longitude"];
[userRequestMapping addPropertyMapping:attributeMapping];

NSError *error = nil;
RKRequestDescriptor *requestDescriptor = [RKRequestDescriptor requestDescriptorWithMapping:userRequestMapping objectClass:[User class] rootKeyPath:@"user" method:RKRequestMethodAny];

Upon performing a POST or PUT of the User object you would wind up with a JSON or URL form-encoded representation that matches the original JSON example given above.


Blake Watters


RKCLLocationValueTransformer is available under the Apache 2 License. See the LICENSE file for more info.