1. Create a UITableView from scratch.
2. Learn about navigation controllers.
3. Pushing view controllers with storyboard.
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1. Create a new single view based application called "StoryboardTutorial".
2. Select the main storyboard file and then select Editor > Embed In > Navigation Controller.
Note: A navigation controller is a way to manage views. Typically you push or pop a view onto a navigation controller. You can think of this a stack.
3. Next drag and drop a UITableView from the right sidebar and place it onto the view controller.
4. Go into the ViewController.h file and add
Note: The biggest benefit of declaring the ViewController.h object as such is that now Xcode will autogenerate code and most of your necessary methods you would like to implement in the tableview class. Also note, if the method is not auto-generating you're probably doing something wrong. That's the main way I know I'm doing something wrong, or the program crashes.
5. Go back to the main storyboard file and "Control + Drag" from the tableview to the view controller and select "data source" and "delegate". This is how you tell the tableview where it is going to get it's data from, and if an event (a touch event for example) happens, who should it notify.
6. Now click on a tableview cell and click on the right side bar and go to the fourth panel from the left. In the field Identifier type "Cell". This is label so that you can reuse tableview cells which saves memory.
7. In the ViewController.m file implement these protocol methods.
Note: Philosophically it would make sense that you would needs to implement these methods to have create an actually tableview. You need to know 1) how many rows should you have and 2) what should you label these rows and 3) what to do when a user clicks on it.
Debugging Tip: Manually label the cells at first to make sure you made your connections correctly. I once spent three hours of my life trying to figure out why my tableview was empty. Save yourself the misery.
8. Go back to the main storyboard file and drag and drop a View Controller object, and in the right panel type "detail" and the Identifier. This will be the detail view controller to push another view onto the view controller.
9. Go to File > New File > UIViewController Subclass and then create a UIViewController subclass called "DetailViewController" and unselect use XIB for interface.
10. Go back to the main storyboard file and in the right panel change the class of your newest view controller to be the "DetailViewController" that you just created.
11. Now go back to the ViewController.h file and then add "#import DetailViewController.h" at the top of your file. Then edit the two methods like below.
Note: What's new in iOS 5 is the storyboard and transitioning from one view to the other. Instead of having lots of Xib files, you replace them with views all placed into one storyboard file. This makes life much easier for the developer. So seen below is how you create a view controller object in storyboard.
"[self.storyboard instantiateViewControllerWithIdentifier:@"detail"" tells the computer to create the view that I called "detail" in the storyboard file, and then the "[self.navigationController pushViewController:detail animated:YES]" then pushes the view onto the view stack, so the visible view is then the current view.
Note: The tableview height method is self-explanatory. For some reason I had a hard time finding that method when I first started so I thought I would include it here for people to play with.
If everything is working correctly you should see these two screens if you select onto a tableview cell.
Note: In keeping with the states them I added two label to the detail view to work with later on.
12. Now if you can add a background image to the tableview cell by editing the cellForRowAtIndexPath method. Here I have a 320x65 pixel image called "LightGrey.png" which I'll include in the project at the end of the tutorial. Adding a background image really adds vibrance to your tableview.
13. Create a datasource by editing your ViewController.h and ViewController.m files so they match the ones below.
Then make these changes in the ViewController.m file:
1) @synthesize states and datasource.
2) In the viewDidLoad method call the function setupArray;
3) Create the datasource in setupArray;
4) Change the text label so that it reads from the datasource.
14. Edit the DetailViewController.h file so it matches the one below.
Then @synthesize them at the top of the DetailViewController.m file.
Then edit the viewDidLoad method.
15. Go back to the main storyboard file and select the detail view controller and "Control + Drag" from the DetailViewController to each of the UILabels and connect them to the appropriate outlet.
16. Then go back to the ViewController.m file and edit the didSelectRowAtIndexPathMethod so it matches the following. This is just passing data from one view to the other.