Benjamen Benjamen - 3 months ago 40
Objective-C Question

Data doesn't load in UITableView until I scroll

I am trying to load parsed data in cells, but the problem is that it is happening synchronously and UitableView doesn't show until the data has finished loading. I tried to solve the problem by using performSelectorInBackground, but now data isn't loaded in the cells until I start scrolling. Here is my code:

- (void)viewDidLoad
{
[super viewDidLoad];
// Do any additional setup after loading the view, typically from a nib.

[self performSelectorInBackground:@selector(fethchData) withObject:nil];


}


- (void)viewDidUnload
{
[super viewDidUnload];
// Release any retained subviews of the main view.
self.listData = nil;
self.plot=nil;
}


-(void) fethchData

{
NSError *error = nil;
NSURL *url=[[NSURL alloc] initWithString:@"http://www.website.com/"];
NSString *strin=[[NSString alloc] initWithContentsOfURL:url encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding error:nil];

HTMLParser *parser = [[HTMLParser alloc] initWithString:strin error:&error];

if (error) {
NSLog(@"Error: %@", error);
return;
}

listData =[[NSMutableArray alloc] init];
plot=[[NSMutableArray alloc] init];

HTMLNode *bodyNode = [parser body];
NSArray *contentNodes = [bodyNode findChildTags:@"p"];


for (HTMLNode *inputNode in contentNodes) {
[plot addObject:[[inputNode allContents] stringByTrimmingCharactersInSet:[NSCharacterSet whitespaceAndNewlineCharacterSet]]];
}


NSArray *divNodes = [bodyNode findChildTags:@"h2"];

for (HTMLNode *inputNode in divNodes) {

[listData addObject:[[inputNode allContents] stringByTrimmingCharactersInSet:[NSCharacterSet whitespaceAndNewlineCharacterSet]]];

}
}


- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
{

static NSString *CellIdentifier = @"Cell";
//here you check for PreCreated cell.
UITableViewCell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:CellIdentifier];
if (cell == nil) {
cell = [[UITableViewCell alloc] initWithStyle:UITableViewCellStyleSubtitle reuseIdentifier:CellIdentifier];
cell.accessoryType = UITableViewCellAccessoryDisclosureIndicator;

}

//Fill the cells...


cell.textLabel.text = [listData objectAtIndex:indexPath.row];
cell.textLabel.font = [UIFont boldSystemFontOfSize:14];
cell.textLabel.numberOfLines=6;
cell.textLabel.textColor=[UIColor colorWithHue:0.7 saturation:1 brightness:0.4 alpha:1];


cell.detailTextLabel.text=[plot objectAtIndex:indexPath.row];
cell.detailTextLabel.font=[UIFont systemFontOfSize:11];
cell.detailTextLabel.numberOfLines=6;

return cell;


}

Answer

Put this somewhere after the data is loaded successfully:

dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
    [self.tableView reloadData];
});

This fix the problem of calling a GUI update while you're not in the main thread.

This code uses the GCD Technology from Apple to force the reload data function to run on main thread. Read more about Concurrency Programming Guide for more understanding (it's quite large field so that it's hard to explain in the comment) Anyway, it's not very recommended if you don't understand it well because it causes the program to crash some rare cases.