Dan Beaulieu Dan Beaulieu - 1 year ago 168
iOS Question

How do I make a fetch request using NSManagedObject's new fetchRequest function?

In iOS 10 the CoreData team added a new "fetchRequest" method to NSManagedObject. It looks like this:

public class func fetchRequest() -> NSFetchRequest<NSFetchRequestResult>

Which, from what I understand, allows us to replace this:

let request = NSFetchRequest<MyEntity>(entityName: "MyEntity")

with this:

let request = MyEntity.fetchRequest()

However, when I try to make a simple request like this:

let request = MyEntity.fetchRequest()
do {
results = try request.execute()
} catch let error {
print("failed to fetch coffee object: \(error)")

I receive the following error:

Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=134060 "(null)"
UserInfo={message=Cannot fetch without an NSManagedObjectContext in

So, clearly the error is stating that I need to bring an NSManagedObjectContext into scope. I've been looking for examples but can seem to find a full example of how to perform a request using the new API features.


Using the latest Core Data API features, how do I make a simple fetch request? The underlying question is how do I bring my NSmanagedObjectCotnext into scope.

I should note that I am able to successfully make a request using the traditional syntax.

Answer Source

Ok, I figured out two ways of doing this. The first approach, which is similar to my example code is just simply:

var moc: NSManagedObjectContext!
let request = MyEntity.fetchRequest()
var results : [MyEntity]

 do {
     results = try moc.fetch(request)
 } catch { // error stuff}

The second approach, which was shown in WWDC 2016 uses a function named "execute" on our fetch request object.

If you view the details on NSFetchRequest you'll see a comment that clearly states that the operation must be performed with in a block.

   // Executes the fetch request using the current managed object context. This method must be called from within a block submitted to a managed object context.
    @available(iOS 10.0, *)
    public func execute() throws -> [ResultType]

It's dawned on me that this was the way to perform the fetch:

var moc: NSManagedObjectContext!
let request = MyEntity.fetchRequest()
var results : [MyEntity]

moc.perform {
    self.results = try! request.execute()

For those who roll their own (like I do)

If you are rolling your own code you may find that your code does not compile. Included in the auto-generated code is a new method called fetchRequest that the compiler uses to pass the type along. Here's what the code looks like.

@nonobjc public class func fetchRequest() -> NSFetchRequest<MyEntity> {
    return NSFetchRequest<MyEntity>(entityName: "MyEntity");
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