Creating an app that continually updates

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Illuminator123, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Illuminator123 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2010
    Hey all can anyone provide me with insight as to how I can setup a network for a restaurant app that im working on so that I can log on as an administrator and for all people that have already purchased the app provide updates for new restaurants that have opened up, update the app when a restaurant shuts down or relocates and specials of the day at particular locations (and more things that may require up to date information)?

  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Put a file on a web server. Download that to the apps document area (NSURLConnection). Parse the file and merge with your data model (up to you).
  3. Illuminator123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2010
    So in plain english that means what exactly? I'm a tech noob bud.....and believe me I have tried to do my research but can't get my head around or find a decent source to help me understand this concept.

    Pleaseeeee provide detail please and links if possible, thank you
  4. woodman macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2005
    There is too much involved to learn from a post on a forum.

    First, you need to set up the server-side application that contains the information you want to send to the app. The most basic would be a text file you manually update. More complex would be setting up a database to track the data and users.

    Then, you need to build an app that accesses this server. There is no quick answer here, unless you app has a simple WebView that loads the page on the server. If you want to manipulate and present the data in different ways, you'll need to use NSURLConnection and do some network programming.

    I suggest the iPhone Developer's Cookbook. Or, read Apple's NSURLConnection documentation. Or at least google NSURLConnection and see code snippets that people post. If you are a total tech noob, this could take a while to put together (with proper error handling and whatnot).

    Good luck!
  5. Illuminator123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2010

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