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README.md

SuperRecord

Build Status Carthage compatible CocoaPods

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SUPPORTS SWIFT 2.0 from Version >= 1.4 **
SUPPORTS SWIFT 1.2 from Version <= 1.3
Both iOS and WatchOS

A Swift CoreData Framework consisting of several Extensions and Helpers to bring some love and take the hassle out of common CoreData tasks.


Each piece of functionality can be used independently and discreetly, so there is no need for a "buy in" to the whole project. For example, you could use your own NSFetchedResultsController or NSManagedObjectContext with any of the finders or even the SuperFetchedResultsControllerDelegate

I'd like to make a big shout-out to MagicalRecord, which I think lay great foundations for these kind of projects. Although its had its ups and downs, it seems under heavy development. This Swift SuperRecord project was obviously heavily inspired by work done in MagicalRecord.

Features

SuperRecord consists of several Extensions to add MagicalRecord/ActiveRecord style "finders" to your NSManagedObject subclasses, a FetchResultsControllerDelegate class to handle safe batch updates to both UITableView and UICollectionView and an experimental Boilerplate CoreData Stack Singleton.

The project has been built over several versions of Swift so some choices may seem strange at first.

Adding SuperRecord to your project

Method 1 (CocoaPods)

To integrate SuperRecord into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, specify it in your Podfile:

use_frameworks!
pod 'SuperRecord'

or for watch support use the subspec

    pod 'SuperRecord/watch'
  • Build
  • Add import SuperRecord

Method 2 (Carthage)

To integrate SuperRecord into your Xcode project using Carthage, specify it in your Cartfile:

github "michaelarmstrong/SuperRecord"

Method 3 (Submodule)

git submodule add https://github.com/michaelarmstrong/SuperRecord.git SuperRecord
  • Drag the checked out submodule into Xcode
  • Click on your main application target
  • Open "Build Phases"
  • Add SuperRecord.framework under "Target Dependencies"

Method 4 (Manually)

git clone https://github.com/michaelarmstrong/SuperRecord.git

Now add the source files into your project directly.

Core Files

  • NSManagedObjectExtension.swift This extension is responsible for most of the "finder" functionality and has operations such as deleteAll(), findOrCreateWithAttribute() createEntity() and allows you to specify your own NSManagedObjectContext or use the default one (running on the main thread).

  • NSFetchedResultsControllerExtension.swift In constant development, this Extension allows the easy creation of FetchedResultsControllers for use with UICollectionView and UITableView that utilise the SuperFetchedResultsControllerDelegate for safe batch updates.

  • SuperFetchedResultsControllerDelegate.swift heavily inspired by past-projects i've worked on along with other popular open source projects. This handles safe batch updates to UICollectionView and UITableView across iOS 7 and iOS 8. It can be used on its own with your NSFetchedResultsController or alternatively, its automatically used by the NSFetchedResultsControllerExtension methods included in SuperRecord.

  • SuperCoreDataStack.swift a boilerplate experimental main thread CoreData stack. Can be used either as a sqlite store or in memory store. Simply by calling SuperCoreDataStack.defaultStack() for SQLite or SuperCoreDataStack.inMemoryStack() for an in memory store. Of course you have access to your context .context / .saveContext()

Usage

Create a new Entity

Assuming you have an NSManagedObject of type "Pokemon" you could do the following

let pokemon = Pokemon.createNewEntity() as Pokemon

Please add @objc(className) above the class name of all your NSManagedObject subclasses (as shown in the demo project) for now. Better support will be coming in the future.

Creating an NSFetchedResultsController

There are many factory methods for your convenience that SuperRecord adds to NSFetchedResultsController to make your life simpler, yet still powerful. As always, you don't have to use these with SuperRecord, however they are there for your convenience. Many of the SuperRecord factory methods will handle safe batch updates for you to your passed collectionView or tableView. No more song and dance.

lazy var fetchedResultsController: NSFetchedResultsController = self.superFetchedResultsController()

func superFetchedResultsController() -> NSFetchedResultsController {
return NSFetchedResultsController.superFetchedResultsController("Pokemon", tableView: tableView)
}

Or for some more advanced usage (collectionView with multiple sections and a predicate with automatic batch updates):

let sortDescriptors = [NSSortDescriptor(key: "evolutionLevel", ascending: false),NSSortDescriptor(key: "level", ascending: false)]
let predicate = NSPredicate(format: "trainer = %@", self.trainer)!
let tempFetchedResultsController = NSFetchedResultsController.superFetchedResultsController("Pokemon", sectionNameKeyPath: "evolutionLevel", sortDescriptors: sortDescriptors, predicate: predicate, collectionView: self.collectionView, context: context)	

With Pokemon being the entity name of your NSManagedObject.

Delete Entities

I'm planning on adding much more powerful functionality around Delete soon, such as deleteAllWithPredicate() or deleteEntity(), right now all that is available is

Pokemon.deleteAll()

Method Listing

This isn't an exhaustive list of all methods and classes, however it includes some of the most useful ones.

NSManagedObjectExtension

  • findAllWithPredicate(predicate: NSPredicate!, context: NSManagedObjectContext) -> NSArray
  • findAllWithPredicate(predicate: NSPredicate!) -> NSArray
  • deleteAll(context: NSManagedObjectContext) -> Void
  • deleteAll() -> Void
  • findAll(context: NSManagedObjectContext) -> NSArray
  • findAll() -> NSArray
  • findFirstOrCreateWithPredicate(predicate: NSPredicate!) -> NSManagedObject
  • findFirstOrCreateWithPredicate(predicate: NSPredicate!, context: NSManagedObjectContext) -> NSManagedObject
  • createNewEntity() -> NSManagedObject
  • findFirstOrCreateWithAttribute(attribute: NSString!, value: NSString!, context: NSManagedObjectContext) -> NSManagedObject
  • findFirstOrCreateWithAttribute(attribute: NSString!, value: NSString!) -> NSManagedObject

NSFetchedResultsControllerExtension

NSFetchedResultsControllers created using the below methods will automatically handle safe batch updates to the passed UITableView or UICollectionView

  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, collectionView: UICollectionView) -> NSFetchedResultsController
  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, tableView: UITableView) -> NSFetchedResultsController
  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, sectionNameKeyPath: NSString?, sortDescriptors: NSArray?, predicate: NSPredicate?, collectionView: UICollectionView!, context: NSManagedObjectContext!) -> NSFetchedResultsController
  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, sectionNameKeyPath: NSString?, sortDescriptors: NSArray?, predicate: NSPredicate?, tableView: UITableView!, context: NSManagedObjectContext!) -> NSFetchedResultsController

NSFetchedResultsControllers created using the below methods require you to use your own NSFetchedResultsControllerDelegate class

  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, sectionNameKeyPath: NSString?, sortedBy: NSString?, ascending: Bool, tableView: UITableView!, delegate: NSFetchedResultsControllerDelegate) -> NSFetchedResultsController
  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, sectionNameKeyPath: NSString?, sortedBy: NSString?, ascending: Bool, collectionView: UICollectionView!, delegate: NSFetchedResultsControllerDelegate) -> NSFetchedResultsController
  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, sectionNameKeyPath: NSString?, sortDescriptors: NSArray?, predicate: NSPredicate?, collectionView: UICollectionView!, delegate: NSFetchedResultsControllerDelegate) -> NSFetchedResultsController
  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, sectionNameKeyPath: NSString?, sortDescriptors: NSArray?, predicate: NSPredicate?, tableView: UITableView!, delegate: NSFetchedResultsControllerDelegate) -> NSFetchedResultsController
  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, sectionNameKeyPath: NSString?, sortDescriptors: NSArray?, predicate: NSPredicate?, collectionView: UICollectionView!, delegate: NSFetchedResultsControllerDelegate, context: NSManagedObjectContext!) -> NSFetchedResultsController
  • superFetchedResultsController(entityName: NSString!, sectionNameKeyPath: NSString?, sortDescriptors: NSArray?, predicate: NSPredicate?, tableView: UITableView!, delegate: NSFetchedResultsControllerDelegate, context: NSManagedObjectContext!) -> NSFetchedResultsController

##Developer Notes

This whole project is a work in progress, a learning exercise and has been released "early" so that it can be built and collaborated on with feedback from the community. I'm using it in a project I work on everyday, so hopefully it'll improve and gain more functionality, thread-safety and error handling over time.

Currently work is in progress to replace the SuperCoreDataStack with a much better, more flexible and cleaner implementation + a wiki is in progress. If you'd like to help out, please get in touch or open a PR.