KVOController 1.2.0

KVOController 1.2.0

TestsTested
LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License BSD
ReleasedLast Release Sep 2016

Maintained by Kimon Tsinteris, Nikita Lutsenko, Grant Paul, Facebook, Inc..


Downloads

Total5,403,867
Week0
Month196,641

Installs

Apps16,658
Pod Tries58
Test Targets2,073
Watch Apps35
powered by Segment

GitHub

Stars5,979
Watchers216
Forks716
Issues2
Contributors26
Pull Requests2

Code

Files5
LOCLines of Code 554


  • By
  • Kimon Tsinteris and Nikita Lutsenko

Key-value observing is a particularly useful technique for communicating between layers in a Model-View-Controller application. KVOController builds on Cocoa's time-tested key-value observing implementation. It offers a simple, modern API, that is also thread safe. Benefits include:

  • Notification using blocks, custom actions, or NSKeyValueObserving callback.
  • No exceptions on observer removal.
  • Implicit observer removal on controller dealloc.
  • Thread-safety with special guards against observer resurrection – rdar://15985376.

For more information on KVO, see Apple's Introduction to Key-Value Observing.

Usage

Example apps for iOS and OS X are included with the project. Here is one simple usage pattern:

// create KVO controller with observer
FBKVOController *KVOController = [FBKVOController controllerWithObserver:self];
self.KVOController = KVOController;

// observe clock date property
[self.KVOController observe:clock keyPath:@"date" options:NSKeyValueObservingOptionInitial|NSKeyValueObservingOptionNew block:^(ClockView *clockView, Clock *clock, NSDictionary *change) {

  // update clock view with new value
  clockView.date = change[NSKeyValueChangeNewKey];
}];

While simple, the above example is complete. A clock view creates a KVO controller to observe the clock date property. A block callback is used to handle initial and change notification. Unobservation happens implicitly on controller deallocation, since a strong reference to the KVOController is kept.

Note: the observer specified must support weak references. The zeroing weak reference guards against notification of a deallocated observer instance.

NSObject Category

For an even easier usage, just #import <KVOController/NSObject+FBKVOController.h> for an automatic KVOController property on all objects.

[self.KVOController observe:clock keyPath:@"date" options:NSKeyValueObservingOptionInitial|NSKeyValueObservingOptionNew action:@selector(updateClockWithDateChange:)];

Prerequisites

KVOController takes advantage of recent Objective-C runtime advances, including ARC and weak collections. It requires:

  • iOS 6 or later.
  • OS X 10.7 or later.

Installation

To install using CocoaPods, add the following to your project Podfile:

pod 'KVOController'

Alternatively, drag and drop FBKVOController.h and FBKVOController.m into your Xcode project, agreeing to copy files if needed. For iOS applications, you can choose to link against the static library target of the KVOController project.

Having installed using CocoaPods or Carthage, add the following to import in Objective-C:

#import <KVOController/KVOController.h>

Testing

The unit tests included use CocoaPods for managing dependencies. Install CocoaPods if you haven't already done so. Then, at the command line, navigate to the root KVOController directory and type:

pod install

This will install and add test dependencies on OCHamcrest and OCMockito. Re-open the Xcode KVOController workspace and Test, ⌘U.

License

KVOController is released under a BSD License. See LICENSE file for details.