I'm slowly figuring out Core Data for my iPad app, but I just can't seem to figure out how to access data from my to-many children (who also have to-many children). I'm hoping to get some code examples from the experts here.
Let's use a simple data structure: Parent -(to many)-> Child -(to many)-> Toy
I can fetch the Parent just fine and get it's data and the NSSet of children. After that, I get lost.
1) What would the code look like to get the data from a Child (say, get a specific Child's age or ALL the children's ages in the NSSet?
2) How would I then get the NSSet of the Toys a specific Child has? (also assuming accessing the Toy data would be the same as #1 code).
I sincerely appreciate the help! This is supposed to be EASIER... isn't it?
1) All the childrens' ages:
NSSet *ages = [parent.children valueForKey: @"age"];
To get a particular child you need to specify that child. You could just use
[parent.children anyObject] but it's likely you care which answer you get, in which case you can filter the set. Check out the
NSSet documentation, specifically the
2) Having got your specific child, you just ask for its
Easier than what?
If this line :
NSSet *children = [parent children];
gets you an
NSSet of child objects then
NSManagedObject *child = [[parent children] anyObject];
should get you a (random) Child object. From this object you should just be able to do
NSNumber *age = [child age]; NSSet *toys = [child toys];
or have I missed something in the question?