Nic Hubbard Nic Hubbard - 3 years ago 220
Objective-C Question

Use global managed object contexts to support concurrency

I haven't ever found an answer to this when reading developer documentation.

When using main and private queue contexts in

Core Data
is it a good strategy to use a global
contexts that I can access across my app and for the entire lifetime of my app?

Or, should I be creating a new instance each time I need to use a

I have used this documentation but it doesn't answer the question.

Answer Source

In most cases the current best practice is to start with NSPersistentContainer. Its methods point to good practices for dealing with managed object contexts.

NSPersistentContainer has a property viewContext which uses a main queue concurrency. As its name implies, it's good for use directly with the UI, and on the main queue. Use this context for those cases. Don't create new main queue contexts.

It also has a couple of ways to do background work on private queues, via newBackgroundContext() and performBackgroundTask. In most cases you can use either of these when you need to do background work, and not bother keeping a reference to a long-lived background context. One caveat is that since they use separate background queues, it's possible for one background context to be executing at the same time as another. If that seems possible in your case, you might want to hold onto a background context to avoid that possibility. Otherwise your background contexts might need to merge changes made on other background contexts, which can get ugly fast.

There are exceptions to all of the above, but this is a good starting point. If this doesn't fit with your app for some reason, come back with another question detailing why.

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