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iOS 5 Programming Cookbook by Vandad Nahavandipoor

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13.3. Creating and Saving Data Using Core Data

Problem

You have already created a managed object and you want to instantiate it and insert that instance into your app’s Core Data context.

Solution

Follow the instructions in Recipe 13.1 and Recipe 13.2. Now you can use the insertNewObjectForEntityForName:inManagedObjectContext: class method of NSEntityDescription to create a new object of a type specified by the first parameter of this method. Once the new entity (the managed object) is created, you can modify it by changing its properties. After you are done, save your managed object context using the save: instance method of the managed object context.

I’ll assume that you have created a universal application in Xcode with the name “Creating and Saving Data Using Core Data”; now follow these steps to insert a new managed object into the context:

  1. Find the file named Creating_and_Saving_Data_Using_Core_DataAppDelegate.m.

  2. Import the Person.h file into the app delegate’s implementation file:

Note

Person is the entity we created in Recipe 13.1.

#import "Creating_and_Saving_Data_Using_Core_DataAppDelegate.h"
#import "Person.h"

@implementation Creating_and_Saving_Data_Using_Core_DataAppDelegate

@synthesize window = _window;
@synthesize managedObjectContext = __managedObjectContext;
@synthesize managedObjectModel = __managedObjectModel;
@synthesize persistentStoreCoordinator = __persistentStoreCoordinator;

...
  1. In the application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: method of your shared application delegate, ...

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