Miguel Lomelí Miguel Lomelí - 3 months ago 10
iOS Question

Whats the difference between performSelectorOnMainThread and dispatch_async on main queue?

I was having problems modifying a view inside a thread. I tried to add a subview but it took around 6 or more seconds to display. I finally got it working, but I don't know how exactly. So I was wondering why it worked and what's the difference between the following methods:

//this worked -added the view instantly
dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
//some UI methods ej
[view addSubview: otherView];
}

//this took around 6 or more seconds to display
[viewController performSelectorOnMainThread:@selector(methodThatAddsSubview:) withObject:otherView
waitUntilDone:NO];

//Also didnt work: NSNotification methods - took also around 6 seconds to display
//the observer was in the viewController I wanted to modify
//paired to a method to add a subview.
[[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] postNotificationName:
@"notification-identifier" object:object];


For reference this were called inside this Completetion Handler of the class of the ACAccountStore.

accountStore requestAccessToAccountsWithType:accountType withCompletionHandler:^(BOOL granted, NSError *error) {
if(granted) {
//my methods were here
}
}


Edit: When I say it didn't work I meant it took about 6 seconds to display the view I added.

Answer

By default, -performSelectorOnMainThread:withObject:waitUntilDone: only schedules the selector to run in the default run loop mode. If the run loop is in another mode (e.g. the tracking mode), it won't run until the run loop switches back to the default mode. You can get around this with the variant -performSelectorOnMainThread:withObject:waitUntilDone:modes: (by passing all the modes you want it to run in).

On the other hand, dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{ ... }) will run the block as soon as the main run loop returns control flow back to the event loop. It doesn't care about modes. So if you don't want to care about modes either, dispatch_async() may be the better way to go.