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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

iOS NSFetchRequest with Predicates

So, you want to make an NSFetchRequest with NSPredicate filters, huh?

In a previous example, we showed you how to create and NSFetchRequest to fetch all of one kind of Entity. In this example, we'll show you how to filer your NSFetchRequest and pull in only entities that match certain criteria. Lets look at this example:

+(NSArray *)getEveryoneWithLastName:(NSString *)lastName andAge:(int)age inManagedObjectContext:(NSManagedObjectContext *)context
    // Create an NSFetchRequest for the People Entity
    NSFetchRequest *request = [NSFetchRequest fetchRequestWithEntityName:@"Person"];

    // Two predicate filters: last_name and age
    NSPredicate *lastNamePredicate = [NSPredicate predicateWithFormat:@"last_name = %@", lastName];
    NSPredicate *agePredicate = [NSPredicate predicateWithFormat:@"age = %d", age];

    // Build a compound predicate
    NSPredicate *compoundPredicate = [NSCompoundPredicate andPredicateWithSubpredicates:@[lastNamePredicate, agePredicate]];
    [request setPredicate:compoundPredicate];
    // No sorting this time    
    request.sortDescriptors = [NSArray arrayWithObjects:nil];
    NSError *error = nil;
    NSArray *people = [context executeFetchRequest:request error:&error];
    return people;

Here you see we are using two filters and have put the whole fetch inside of a static method. I like to include entity-specific fetcher code inside of model categories, because its a nice way to compartmentalize model code.

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