RESTful API Experience: Data Management With Alamofire In iOS Project
Hello everyone. We will see Alamofire data management in this article. Let’s begin now.
What is Alamofire?
Alamofire is a Swift-based HTTP networking library for iOS and macOS. It provides an elegant interface on top of Apple’s Foundation networking stack that simplifies a number of common networking tasks.
How to manage Alamofire data?
In this article, you’ll perform basic networking tasks including:
- Requesting data from a third-party RESTful API.
- Sending request parameters.
- Converting the response into JSON.
- Converting the response into a Swift data model via the Codable protocol.
First, let’s create a RESTful API for ourselves. You can use https://www.mockable.io/ site for this. In the following steps, you will see an example of creating an api on this site.
How to create a RESTful API?
Step 1: Click on the “Try Now!” button.
- (You must register on this site.)
Step 2: Click on the “DEFINE A NEW REST MOCK” button.
Nice! We have a Rest Mock.
Let’s customize data and start the service.
Copy this link.
It seems perfect. Let’s create a new project or open your existing project.
We have to install the pod in the project directory. (You can run these commands in terminal.)
cd /Users/yourname/Desktop/testAlamofirepod initpod install
We have a podfile. Let’s open this file, add necessary codes and run ‘pod install’ code from terminal.
pod "Alamofire" // add in podfilepod install // run in terminal
It seems perfect. Now, define your objects to the class. (and import Alamofire)
We need to create a model for our Alamofire data. Let’s do it.
Step 1: Create a new Swift file in Project Navigator. Let’s enter a name for this file.
Step 2: Let’s customize this class for our Alamofire data.
- Decodable: A type that can decode itself from an external representation.
- CodingKey: A type that can be used as a key for encoding and decoding.
Let’s add a DataRequest variable to pull data from the link.
Now let’s create a function for request.
Call this function from the fetchDataButtonClicked function. Thus, your data will be updated.
Now try it.
Thank you for reading.