Problem retrieving data while multi threading

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  1. ashwinr87, Oct 11, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2011

    ashwinr87 macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2011
    I am using multithreading while loading data from the database.

    I am doing the following

    dispatch_async(dispatch_get_global_queue(DISPATCH_QUEUE_PRIORITY_DEFAULT, 0), 
                       // Get data
                       NSDate *pastDate = [CommonHelper getSelectedDateYearBackComponents:[NSDate date]];
                       NSPredicate *predicate = [NSPredicate predicateWithFormat:@"users == %@ && startDate >= %@", objUser,pastDate];
                       NSMutableArray *fetchArray = [DataAccess searchObjectsInUserContext:@"userIngo" :predicate :@"startDate" :NO];
                       if ([fetchArray count] > 0)
                                             // Reload table
                                             [self.tableView reloadData]; });
                            ^{  // calling Webservice
    and my searchObjectsInUserContext code is like this

    +(NSMutableArray *) searchObjectsInLabContext: (NSString*) entityName : (NSPredicate *) predicate : (NSString*) sortKey : (BOOL) sortAscending
    i3EAppDelegate *appDelegate = (i3EAppDelegate *)[[UIApplication sharedApplication] delegate];
    NSManagedObjectContext *context = [[NSManagedObjectContext alloc] init];
    [context setUndoManager:nil];
    [context setPersistentStoreCoordinator:[appDelegate persistentStoreCoordinator]];
    // Register context with the notification center
    NSNotificationCenter *nc = [NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter];
    [nc addObserver:self selector:@selector(mergeChanges:) name:NSManagedObjectContextDidSaveNotification object:context];
    NSFetchRequest *request = [[NSFetchRequest alloc] init];
    NSEntityDescription *entity = [NSEntityDescription entityForName:entityName inManagedObjectContext:context];
    [request setEntity:entity]; 
    [request setFetchBatchSize:10];
    [request setReturnsObjectsAsFaults:NO];
    // If a predicate was passed, pass it to the query
    if(predicate != nil)
        [request setPredicate:predicate];
    // If a sort key was passed, use it for sorting.
    if(sortKey != nil)
        NSSortDescriptor *sortDescriptor = [[NSSortDescriptor alloc] initWithKey:sortKey ascending:sortAscending];
        NSArray *sortDescriptors = [[NSArray alloc] initWithObjects:sortDescriptor, nil];
        [request setSortDescriptors:sortDescriptors];
        [sortDescriptors release];
        [sortDescriptor release];
    NSError *error;
    NSMutableArray *mutableFetchResults = [[context executeFetchRequest:request error:&error] mutableCopy];
    if (mutableFetchResults == nil) {
        // Handle the error.
        // NSLog(@"Unresolved error %@, %@", error, [error userInfo]);
        exit(-1);  // Fail
    [request release];
    appDelegate = nil;
    return [mutableFetchResults autorelease];
    So in my searchObjectInUserContext I use multiple managedObjectContext so that it does not create problems for me while multithreading as explained by Fred McCann in his blog post.

    However, my problem is at NSMutableArray *mutableFetchResults in my searchObjectsInUserContext because it returns 0 at times even though there is data in the database.

    Can someone help me with what I am doing wrong?
  2. jiminaus macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2010
    After the if the checks for mutableFetchResults being nil, put an if that checks for mutableFetchResults's count being zero. Inside that if, use NSLog to output details of your variables. You might even want to put a breakpoint inside the if so you can check the variables in the debugger.

    Does every thing looks as expected when mutableFetchResults's count is zero? I'm thinking particularly of the predicate.
  3. ashwinr87 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2011
    actually I did exactly that and the mutableFetchResults is indeed zero. I have updated my entire code with what I use. Please see if that helps.

    I noticed that if I reload the table, the values get displayed. is it maybe that I am not reloading it properly the first time?

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