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Programming language: Swift
License: GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
Latest version: v2.1

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README

Buffer [Swift](#) [Platform](#) License

Swift μ-framework for efficient array diffs, collection observation and data source implementation.

C++11 port here

Installation

cd {PROJECT_ROOT_DIRECTORY}
curl "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/alexdrone/Buffer/master/bin/dist.zip" > dist.zip && unzip dist.zip && rm dist.zip;

Drag Buffer.framework in your project and add it as an embedded binary.

If you use xcodegen add the framework to your project.yml like so:

targets:
  YOUR_APP_TARGET:
    ...
    dependencies:
      - framework: PATH/TO/YOUR/DEPS/Buffer.framework

Installation with CocoaPods/Carthage (deprecated)

If you are using CocoaPods:

Add the following to your Podfile:

pod 'Buffer'

If you are using Carthage:

To install Carthage, run (using Homebrew):

$ brew update
$ brew install carthage

Then add the following line to your Cartfile:

github "alexdrone/Buffer" "master"    

Getting started

Buffer is designed to be very granular and has APIs with very different degrees of abstraction.

Managing a collection with Buffer

You can initialize and use Buffer in the following way.


import Buffer

class MyClass: BufferDelegate {

  lazy var buffer: Buffer<Foo> = {
    // The `sort` and the `filter` closure are optional - they are a convenient way to map the src array.
    let buffer = Buffer(initialArray: self.elements, sort: { $0.bar > $1.bar }, filter: { $0.isBaz })
    buffer.delegate = self
  }()

  var elements: [Foo] = [Foo]() {
    didSet {
      // When the elements are changed the buffer object will compute the difference and trigger
      // the invocation of the delegate methods.
      // The `synchronous` and `completion` arguments are optional.
      self.buffer.update(with: newValues, synchronous: false, completion: nil)
    }
  }


  //These methods will be called when the buffer has changedd.

  public func buffer(willChangeContent buffer: BufferType) {
    //e.g. self.tableView?.beginUpdates()

  }

  public func buffer(didDeleteElementAtIndices buffer: BufferType, indices: [UInt]) {
    //e.g. Remove rows from a tableview
  }

  public func buffer(didInsertElementsAtIndices buffer: BufferType, indices: [UInt]) {
  }

  public func buffer(didChangeContent buffer: BufferType) {
  }

  public func buffer(didChangeElementAtIndex buffer: BufferType, index: UInt) {
  }

  public func buffer(didMoveElement buffer: BufferType, from: UInt, to: UInt) {
  }

  public func buffer(didChangeAllContent buffer: BufferType) {
  }
}

Built-in UITableView and UICollectionView adapter

One of the main use cases for Buffer is probably to apply changes to a TableView or a CollectionView. Buffer provides 2 adapter classes that implement the BufferDelegate protocol and automatically perform the required changes on the target tableview/collectionview when required.


import Buffer

class MyClass: UITableViewController {

  lazy var buffer: Buffer<Foo> = {
    // The `sort` and the `filter` closure are optional - they are convenient way to map the src array.
    let buffer = Buffer(initialArray: self.elements, sort: { $0.bar > $1.bar }, filter: { $0.isBaz })
    buffer.delegate = self
  }()

  var elements: [Foo] = [Foo]() {
    didSet {
      // When the elements are changed the buffer object will compute the difference and trigger
      // the invocation of the delegate methods.
      // The `synchronous` and `completion` arguments are optional.
      self.buffer.update(with: newValues, synchronous: false, completion: nil)
    }
  }

  let adapter: TableViewDiffAdapter<Foo>!

  init() {
    super.init()
    self.adapter = TableViewDiffAdapter(buffer: self.buffer, view: self.tableView)

    // Additionaly you can let the adapter be the datasource for your table view by passing a cell
    // configuration closure to the adpater.
    adapter.useAsDataSource { (tableView, object, indexPath) -> UITableViewCell in
      let cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier("MyCell")
                cell?.textLabel?.text = object.foo
                return cell
    }
  }

}


Component-Oriented TableView

Another convenient way to use Buffer is through the Buffer.TableView class. This abstraction allows for the tableView to reconfigure itself when its state (the elements) change.


import Buffer

class ViewController: UIViewController {

  lazy var tableView: TableView<FooModel> = {
    let tableView = TableView<FooModel>()
    return tableView
  }()

  lazy var elements: [ListItem<FooModel>] = {
    var elements = [ListItem<FooModel>]()
    for _ in 0...100 {
      // AnyListItem wraps the data and the configuration for every row in the tableview.
      let item = ListItem(type: UITableViewCell.self,
                          container: self.tableView,
                          model: FooModel(text: "Foo"))) {
        cell, model in
        cell.textLabel?.text = model.text
      }
      elements.append(item)
    }
    return elements
  }()

  override func viewDidLayoutSubviews() {
    self.tableView.frame = self.view.bounds
  }

  override func viewDidLoad() {
    super.viewDidLoad()
    self.view.addSubview(self.tableView)
    self.tableView.elements = self.elements
  }
}


Check the demo out to learn more about Buffer.

Credits


*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Buffer README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.