Tuesday, 16 May 2017

How to use NSNotification/NSNotificationCenter or NotificationCenter in Swift3 in iOS SDK

How to use NSNotification/NSNotificationCenter or NotificationCenter in Swift3 in  your iOS app

Introduction to NSNotification/NSNotificationCenter/ NotificationCenter :

Notification are good source when some one wants to trigger an action upon certain events happening during iOS app development. This thing can be achieved using NotificationCenter as it works like one to may relation using observers in comparison with delegates where we only have one to one relation between objects.  

With the introduction swift3 lots of syntax changes happened. In this post we will learn about how to implement NotificationCenter in iOS using swift3.

Implementation of code : 

 In swift3 NSNOtificationCenter class is no longer available and is replaced with NotificationCenter

First add notification observer  to the class where we want to get notified of certain event like if user went offline and did not connected to internet then show him message about No internet connection.

Adding Notification observer

   NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector: #selector(moveSegmentYPosition), name: Notification.Name("NO_INTERNET_CONNECTIVITY"), object: nil)

 In above code we did following things 

1) added observer using addObserver() method of NotificationCenter, it takes three parameters 
  • observer: the class you want to get notified when notification gets fired up (in out=r case when user went offline) 
  • selector: method name you want to get called 
  • name: name of the notification, in swift it take parameter of type Notification class. 
  • object: object whose notifications the observer wants to receive; that is, only notifications sent by this sender are delivered to the observer
2) set name of our notification, in our case it's "NO_INTERNET_CONNECTIVITY"

Defining our method

    func showInterentMessage() {
        // this will gets called when ever out no interenet

 Posting Notification

 At this moment we are done with adding our notification center and now we have to trigger/fire it when internet went off. You can post notification or fire the notification using below code

    NotificationCenter.default.post(name: Notification.Name("NO_INTERNET_CONNECTIVITY"), object: nil, userInfo: nil)

 In above code we did following things 

1) posted notification using post() method of NotificationCenter, it takes following parameters
  • name: name of the notification, in swift it take parameter of type Notification class.
  • object: object who triggers this notification, can be nil
  • userInfo: information associated with the notification, it takes NSDictionary and can be nil if there is no information you want while receiving the notification.

 Where to go from here :

In this post we learn how to use or implement NotificationCenter in Swift3 in our iOS app. If you have any question please free to comment. Happy coding :)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Integrate search functionality in iOS app using Swift3

Integrate search functionality in iOS app using Swift3

Introduction to how to integrate search functionality using Swift3

This tutorial is focused on how to integrate search functionality within our app using swift language. Sometimes we got requirement where a large list displayed to user and at the top there is search bar from where user can perform search to sort out the listing as per text input. We will implement same search functionality using swift language in this tutorial. You can also use UISearchBar, but here we are using UITextField which acts as our search-bar, so this tutorial is focused on search using UITextfield in swift language. If you are looking for objective C version, check below link showing how to implement search using UITextField in iOS


Designing our User-Interface

Create a new single view application and name it "Search_Using_textField_Swift3". Open up main.storyboard and drag an UITableView and UITextField to it as shown in the image given below.

Adding UITableView and UITextField to our ViewControllers while developing  tutorial Search Using UITextField Swift3

Open ViewController.swift and create IBOutlet's to UITableView and UITextField so that we can connect them to our main.storyboard. Also we will create two arrays
1)  countriesArray : Array holding our original data i.e. in this case we are showing countries list
2) searchedArray :  Array holding searched results only.

The trick here is to assign all objects of originalArray to searchedArray and populate UITableView.
After populating UITableView we will add target to out UITextField for events editingchanged. Connect your Outlets before moving forward in the tutorial.

Below is the code for the whole things we discussed so far.

At this moment, you can see UITableView is showing countries names. So it's time to add search functionality and implement searchRecordsAsPerText function. Below is the code that implements the same.

Now run your code and you will see UITableView is changing data as per searched text.

Where to go from here

In this tutorial you learned, how to integrate search functionality in your app using Swift3 language. Stay tuned for more tutorials. You can download full source code from here Download source code for Search Using UITextField in Swift3

Sunday, 23 April 2017

UIPickerView example Swift3 - IOS Tutorial


UIPickerView Introduction

UIPickerView is common control used to allow user select from a list of drop-down option in IOS apps. In this tutorial we will learn how to create UIPickerView in Swift3/Swift language. 
                   This UIPickerView tutorial  is written in Swift language so you need xcode 6 and higher version to run the sample code.

Steps to create UIPickerView in Swift

Step 1: Create a single view application and name it UIPickerView-Swift. Chose development language as swift.


Step 2: Open Main.storyboard and select iPhone SE as our default layout screen so that it can adjust UIPickerView control can adapt to higher device automatically as we are going to use Auto-layouts. Drag UIPickerView on to the view and add constraints to it as shown in the image.


Step 3: Open ViewController.swift and create IBOutlet for UIPickerView added to our view in Main.storyboard. 

 @IBOutlet weak var customPicker: UIPickerView!

Step 4: Connect IBOutlet created in last step to UIPickerView in Main.storyboard


Step 5: In ViewController.swift, set UIPickerView delegates and datasource as shown in below code

 customPicker.dataSource = self

and also let the class know that we are going to implement UIPickerView delegate and datasource methods by writing the UIPickerViewDelegate, UIPickerViewDataSource against the line from where class or viwcontroller implementation starts. You can write delegate and datasource names using comma separation as shown below

import UIKit
class ViewController: UIViewController, UIPickerViewDelegate, UIPickerViewDataSource

Step 6: Data-source and delegates methods are required to show data in UIPickerView and to know which row is selected by user. For this we create pickerDataSource array that contain list of countries.

 var pickerDataSource = ["India", "Australia", "United   Kingdom", "South Africa"];

Step 7: Since we are with are datasource array it's time to implement our UIPickerView delegates and datasource methods. Below is the code that does the same i.e implementation of UIPickerViewDelegate and UIPickerViewDataSource methods

  func numberOfComponents(in pickerView: UIPickerView) -> Int {
        return 1
    func pickerView(_ pickerView: UIPickerView, numberOfRowsInComponent component: Int) -> Int {
        return pickerDataSource.count;
    func pickerView(_ pickerView: UIPickerView, titleForRow row: Int, forComponent component: Int) -> String? {
        return pickerDataSource[row] as String

Step 8: Run your code and you will see UIPickerView showing list of countries we added to our pickerDataSource array.

Step 9: To check which UIPickerView row is selected by user we have to implement one more UIPickerViewDelegate method. Below is the code for the method that shows which row is selected by user

func pickerView(_ pickerView: UIPickerView, didSelectRow row: Int, inComponent component: Int) {

Step 10:  Run your app now and when ever you spin the UIPickerView, the above delegate gets called each time as UIPickerView wheel stops thus giving us the user selection. You can check the console of your project.

Where to go from here

In this post you learned about How to create UIPickerView in iOS app using swift/swift3 language. You van download the sample code from here. If you have any questions then feel free to comment.
Happy Coding :)

Sunday, 16 April 2017

How to create UICollectionView in Swift3 - Tutorial


Introduction to UICollectionView and Swift3 

UICollectionView is control used to create grid based layouts in iOS app development. With the introduction of swift3, lot of syntax changes happened, so let us dive in to the UICollectionView tutorial created in Swift3. We will use custom UICollectionViewCell class in our tutorial.

Steps to create UICollectionView in Swift 3

Create single view application, at this moment you have 3 files. Open ViewController.swift file and create an IBOutlet for our UICollectionView (We will drag and drop UICollectionView to view in storyboard in next step )

Open Main.storyboard and drag UICollectionView to the View Conroller Scene. Connect our IBOutlet, created in last step with UICollectionView.

Create a new UICollectionViewCell class and named it DummyCell (Check-mark "Also create xib file"). Open DummyCell.xib and give it height and width as shown in the image below.

How to create UICollectionView in Swift3 - Tutorial
Create UICollectionViewCell with xib

How to create UICollectionView in Swift3 - Tutorial
Set height and with for UICollectionViewCell

Drag UILabel to DummyCell.xib  and open DummyCell.swift. Create IBOutlet for UILabel, we dragged on DummyCell.xib file.

Open DummyCell.xib and connect IBOutlet with UILabel.

Open ViewController.swift, and create UICollectionViewFlowLayout. Flowlayout is used to tell
UICollectionView following things

  • Scroll Direction
  • Item Spacing
  • line Spacing
  • Size for the cell or item
As we have UIFlowLayout created for our UICollectionView, it's time to register nib for our UICollectionView. This tells the compiler that which xib is going to be used to create cell for UICollectionView. We will also create UICollectionViewDataSource methods/functions to populate our UICollectionView.

Complete Code for UICollectionView using Swift3

Run your code and you will see the UICollectionView with two columns.

Source code for UICollectionView in swift3: UICollectionView-Tutorial.zip

Video Tutorial for UICollectionView in swift3

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Expandable and collapsable UITableView in iOS sdk using Swift3

Expandable and collapsable UITableView in iOS sdk using Swift3 - Tutorial

Introduction to Expandable and Collapsable UITableView

In this tutorial, we are going to create UITableView that will expand and collapse on tap of row or on row selection using Swift3 language for iOS app development. In more common words, showing sub-menu/ sub-items of main menu/item. Example is shown in the below given picture


Steps to create Expandable and collapsable UITableView

Step 1: Download the files already created with expandable and collapsable functionality. Download those files from Download Expandable and collapsable UITableView Files

Step 2:  Add the above downloaded files to your project, check mark "Copy items if needed". 

Step 3: We will create our datasource in parent child relationship. Because the classes/files downloaded by us in last step based on parent child relation. The datasource will have parent as of type String and child will be of type Array containing String type values/elements. Below is the code that shows how to create data source for the expandable and collapsable UITableView

Step 4: To use it we will create an object of ExpandableTable and give it frame with 20 pixels gap from top.
4.1) After giving frame we will assign datasource created in last step to dataSourceForPlainTable property of ExpandedTable object.
4.2) Assign delegate to self, as we want to get notified whenever a selection is made by us.
4.3) Finally we will add it as subview to our main viewController. Below is the complete code

Step 5: Run your app and you will see the Expandable and collapsable UITableView. Tap on sub menu/ sub-item. That name will get logged on your project console.

Where to go from here

In this tutorial we learned about how to create Expandable and collapsable UITableView in iOS sdk using Swift3. You can download the full source code from here. Stay tuned for more tutorials...

Monday, 13 March 2017

Integrate instagram login in iOS app using Swift3 -Tutorial

Integrate Instagram in ios swift3

Introduction to the post Integrate Instagram login in iOS app in Swift/Swift3

Instagram is the popular app that allows user to share pictures and small videos with their followers and people around the world. In iOS app, developers  can utilize Instagram Api in two ways

1) Login to the app using Instagram credentials
2) Share picture from the app to Instagram

For 2nd option you can check share pictures to Instagram programmatically from iOS app  as in this post we are only going to cover login via Instagram in swift/swift3 language. If you are looking for objective c version then please check integrate instagram in ios objective C

Register your app with Instagram.

Now Instagram requires developer to submit there app for approval as like Facebook. Developers have to build their app in sandbox mode and when they want to go to the stores, they need approval from Instagram so that their could work in live environment.

Follow the steps to register your app with Instagram,

1) Login to https://www.instagram.com/developer/

2)  Click on Register client, by clicking on Register Your Application button (shown in image below)

 3) If you had created apps before this one then you have to click "Register a new client"

4) Fill in all the details under "Details" tab and under "Security" tab uncheck "Disable implicit oAuth" option. This will tell Instagram that we are using unsigned login approach. Signed login approach will be covered in separate tutorial.


5) Click Register, to confirm your app registration with Instagram.

6) As soon as you register app,  you will be navigated to page where all your apps are listed. Click on manage button so that you can get client-secret for your app.

Code to login with Instagram  in swift/swift3 language

I am not going to cover the app building from scratch, instead we will cover only Instagram-login View controller code.

First create a constant file as shown below

Create an new UIViewController class and name it as InstagramLoginVC.  Open InstagramLoginVC.swift and declare our  UIWebView and  UIActivityIndicatorView IBOutlet's.

Open your storyboard file or .xib file and drag, drop UIWebView and UIActivityIndicatorView to it. Connect IBOutlet's to both of the controls.

Open your InstagramLoginVC.swift class. First we will create a function named unSignedRequest(), which will make request to Instagram server

Now we call the above created unSignedRequest()  function in viewDidLoad()

As you are seeing that we assigned UIWebView delegate to self in our viewDidLoad() function, it's time to implement UIWebViewDelegates

In above code we implemented UIWebView delegates. Apart from shouldStartLoadWith delegate, rest are simply used to hide and show UIActivityIndicatorView.

In  shouldStartLoadWith delegate, we call a function named as checkRequestForCallbackURL() 
which accepts URLRequest as parameter. But still we did not write it's definition. So without wasting any time just write it

In checkRequestForCallbackURL() , we check for the URL returned by Instagram and if the URL has our REDIRECTURI as prefix then it means we have our access token/ Auth token in it and we have to extract it. At this moment we will stop our UIWebView to load new requests and extract extract it.

Complete code for UNSIGNED Instragram login request in swift/swift3 


Where to go from here

 In this article you learned how to make UNSIGNED login request to Instagram using Swift3 in iOS app development. Download the source code from here  InstagramLogin-Swift.zip

If you have any questions then please feel free to comment. Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Login and get profile information from Facebook using Facebook swift3 SDK in iOS

Facebook login and profile information using swift3

Introduction to our tutorial Login and get profile information from Facebook using Facebook swift3 SDK in iOS

                                      With the introduction of Swift3 by Apple, all of sudden every aspect of ios development changes. Today in every apps, login through social networking is used. Facebook also released their SDK with swift3 language and in this tutorial we will learn how to login using Facebook swift3 SDK and get logged in user profile information.

Set up app on Facebook developer and add app ID to your project .plist file

Create a new project (I am considering that you know how to create a project using xcode). Now go to https://developers.facebook.com/

On right side corner, you will find "My Apps", on its expansion click "Add a new app". Enter the information as per the fields. Select the platform for your app  as iOS.
Select platform for your facebook app as iOS

Skip the firs and second step as we are going to use swift SDK and that can only be installed using pods. Enter you bundle id of your project (it should be same as listed in your project, otherwise Facebook login will not work).  Skip 4th step and copy the .plist info shown in 5th step to your project .plist file (if you don't know how to do it then right click on your project .plist file and open it as source file, after that paste the info as shown in the Facebook developer portal).

Install Facebook SDK using pods

You can install Facebook SDk using cocoa pods by visiting this link https://github.com/facebook/facebook-sdk-swift

For how to install cocoa-pods, you can learn more about  here 

Integration of Facebook login with Swift3 

At this stage we are done with our Swift3 SDK for Facebook. Open your AppDelegate.swift and import FacebookLogin and FacebookCore frameworks. Made changes to your AppDelegate.swift file as shown below

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Open you ViewController.swift file, create an IBAction for Facebook login and named it loginWithFacebook. Below is the code that get authentication token from Facebook. We are showing code for the whole file, and please import frameworks as done in AppDelegate.swift.

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If all goes well without any error, you will get authentication token from Facebook. 

You can use below code to get user basic information, like name, email and Facebook ID.

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Where to go from here 

In this tutorial, you learned how to login and get profile information from Facebook using Facebook swift3 SDK in iOS.  You can download the source code from Facebook-login-with-swift3. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I will try to answer those as soon as I can. Stay tuned for more tutorials on swift 3.