A relational database has something called a table. A table represents a type: you can have a table of people, a table of a credit card purchases, or a table of real estate listings. Each table has a number of columns to hold pieces of information about the type. A table that represents people might have columns for last name, date of birth, and height. Every row in the table represents an example of the type – e.g., a single person.

This organization translates well to Swift. Every table is like a Swift type. Every column is one of the type’s properties. Every row is an instance of that type. Thus, Core Data’s job is to move data to and from these two representations (Figure 21.1).

Figure 21.1  Role of Core Data

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