Sending Your iOS App’s Requests Using Batch Processing

The Mobile SDK also allows sending requests in batch. This can be much more efficient than sending separate requests. For example, suppose you want to delete ten blog entries in a site’s Blogs portlet at the same time. Instead of making a request for each deletion, you can create a batch of calls and send them all together.

This tutorial shows you how to implement batch processing for your iOS app. It’s assumed that you already know how to invoke Liferay services from your iOS app. If you don’t, see the tutorial Invoking Liferay Services in Your iOS App. Objective-C is used in the code snippets that follow. Now it’s time to whip up a fresh batch of requests!

Implementing Batch Processing

Making service calls in batch only requires two extra steps over making them one at a time:

  • Create a batch session with LRBatchSession.
  • Make the batch service calls with the invoke method of LRBatchSession.

The rest of the steps are the same as making other service calls. You still need a service object, and you still need to call its service methods. As an example, here’s a code snippet from an app that deletes a Blogs portlet’s blog entries synchronously in batch:

#import "LRBatchSession.h"

LRBatchSession *batch = [[LRBatchSession alloc] 
    initWithServer:@"http://localhost:8080" username:@"[email protected]" password:@"test"];
LRBlogsEntryService_v62 *service = [[LRBlogsEntryService_v62 alloc] initWithSession:batch];
NSError *error;

[service deleteEntryWithEntryId:1 error:&error];
[service deleteEntryWithEntryId:2 error:&error];
[service deleteEntryWithEntryId:3 error:&error];

NSArray *entries = [batch invoke:&error];

So what’s going on here? After the import, LRBatchSession is used with a Liferay instance’s URL and a user’s credentials to create a batch session. You can alternatively pass a pre-existing session to the constructor. This is useful when you already have a session object and want to reuse the same credentials. Next, the service calls are made as usual (in this case, deleteEntryWithEntryId). With asynchronous calls, these methods return nil right away. Finally, call [batch invoke:&error]. This returns an NSArray containing the results for each service call (the return type for batch calls is always NSArray). Since there are three deleteEntryWithEntryId calls, the entries array contains three objects. The order of the results matches the order of the service calls.

If you want to make batch calls asynchronously, set the callback to the session as usual.

[batch setCallback:callback];

Great! Now you know how to utilize batch processing to speed up your app’s requests.

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