Chapter 11. Database Storage Using SQLite3

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER

  • How to use the SQLite3 database in your Xcode project

  • How to create and open a SQLite3 database

  • How to use the various SQLite3 functions to execute SQL strings

  • How to use bind variables to insert values into a SQL string

  • How to bundle a pre-built SQLite database with your application

As you continue on your iPhone development journey, you will soon realize that your application needs to find a way to save data. For example, you may want to save the text that the user is entering into a Text Field, or in an RSS application the last item that the user has read.

For simple applications, you can write the data you want to persist to a simple text file. For more structured data, you can use a property list. For large and complex data, it is more efficient to store it using a database. The iPhone comes with the SQLite3 database library, which you can use to store your data. With your data stored in a database, your application can populate a Table view or store a large amount of data in a structured manner.

Note

Besides using SQLite for data storage, developers can also use another framework for storage: Core Data. Core Data is part of the Cocoa API, which was first introduced in the iPhone SDK 3.0. It is basically a framework for manipulating data without worrying about the details of storage and retrieval. A discussion of Core Data is beyond the scope of this book.

This chapter shows you how to use the embedded SQLite3 ...

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