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Modern Core Data Playground: Core Data in Swift / Xcode... inside a Playground!

An introduction to Core Data you can test, use, change & code, all in just one Playground!

A screen capture showing one playground page

The model used in this example

Core Data wants to be the model of your App, Markus Zarra once dixit.

So in this Playground we have a simple model:

  • you can create Projects
  • a Project has name, priority, startDate and several tasks
  • you can create and add tasks to a project
  • a Task belongs to just one Project (it's a 1-n relationship, 1 Project can have n Tasks)
  • a Task has desc and title
|-----------------|               |----------------|
|    Project      |               |     Task       |
|-----------------| 1           n |----------------|
| name: String    |---------------|title: String   |
| priority: Int   |               |desc: String    |
| startDate: Date |               |                |
|-----------------|               |----------------|

  • You can browse the model opening the file CoreDataModelHelper.xcdatamodeld

  • Xcode 8 creates automagically in Derived Folder the Swift classes to represent your Core Data Entities. I've copied them inside the Sources folder > Core Data Generated Files

  • for Project Entity, you have Project+CoreDataProperties.swift

What you'll find here

  • how to initialise the Core Data Stack using NSPersistentContainer
  • how to create a fine - tuned NSPersistentContainer with a memory-only Core Data Stack
  • how to do CRUD operations
  • how to fetch, using generics
  • how to use the Undo Manager
  • ... and more to come

Requirements

  • Xcode or greater
  • Swift (included in Xcode)
  • there are Xcode 8 (Swift 3) and 9 (Swift 4) versions. Look at the tags

Installation

Clone the repo and open the playground directly in Xcode.

$ git clone https://github.com/ && cd CoreDataPlayground
$ open core-data-playground.playground

Helper Project

I've used a helper project, just a simple Core Data template App to create the Core Data Model file and to let Xcode generate the Swift source code files for each Entity in that Model.

Getting the mom file

  • We can add files to our Resources folder (open side Project Navigator with Cmd + 1)
  • In this playground we have a CoreDataModelHelper.xcdatamodel file (not the regular xcdatamodeld directory we use in Core Data projects). This file shows you the Core Data Model of this example.
  • I've run this code in the Simulator and extracted from the App Bundle the compiled version of the xcdatamodel, CoreDataModelHelper.mom, which is the one Core Data loads.

Acknowledgements

I was wondering if I could run a complete Core Data example inside a Playground. Searching around to see if anyone has tried that before I found Andrew Shepard's repo on Core Data. This inspired me to create my own, but with a twist: I didn't wanted to create the Managed Object Model in code.

License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2017 Diego Freniche

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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