Providing Interfaces for Events
The Event Kit UI framework provides two types of view controllers for manipulating events:
EKEventViewController: use this class if you have an existing event you want to display.
EKEventEditViewController: use this class to allow the user to create, edit, or delete events.
Displaying Event Data
To use the
EKEventViewController class, you must have an existing event you obtained from an event store. You need to set the
event property and any other display options before presenting this type of view controller. Listing 6-1 shows how to create an event view controller and add it to a navigation controller, assuming
myEvent already exists. If you don’t allow the user to edit the event, set the
allowsEditing property to
Listing 6-1 Editing an existing event
EKEventViewController *eventViewController = [[EKEventViewController alloc] init];
eventViewController.event = myEvent;
eventViewController.allowsEditing = YES;
navigationController = [[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController:eventViewController];
You need to assign a delegate to an event view controller to receive a notification when the user finishes viewing the event. The delegate conforms to the
EKEventViewDelegate protocol and must implement the
Modifying Event Data
To allow the user to create, edit, or delete events, use the
EKEventEditViewController class and the
EKEventEditViewDelegate protocol. You create an event edit view controller similar to an event view controller, except you must set the
eventStore property (setting the
event property is optional).
nilwhen you present the view controller, the user creates a new event in the default calendar and saves it to the specified event store.
eventproperty is not
nil, the user edits an existing event. The event must reside in the specified event store—otherwise, an exception is raised.
Instances of the
EKEventEditViewController class are designed to be presented modally, as shown in Listing 6-2. In this code fragment,
self is the top view controller of a navigation controller. For details on modal view controllers, read Presenting a View Controller Modally in View Controller Programming Guide for iOS.
Listing 6-2 Presenting an event edit view controller modally
EKEventEditViewController* controller = [[EKEventEditViewController alloc] init];
controller.eventStore = myEventStore;
controller.editViewDelegate = self;
[self presentModalViewController:controller animated:YES];
You must also specify a delegate to receive notification when the user finishes editing the event. The delegate conforms to the
EKEventEditViewDelegate protocol and must implement the
eventEditViewController:didCompleteWithAction: method to dismiss the modal view controller, as shown in Listing 6-3. In general, the object that presents a view controller modally is responsible for dismissing it.
Listing 6-3 The delegate dismisses the modal view
- (void)eventEditViewController:(EKEventEditViewController *)controller
The delegate is also passed the action the user took when finishing the edit. The user can either cancel the changes, save the event, or delete the event. If you need to execute more code after the user dismisses the modal view, implement the
eventEditViewController:didCompleteWithAction: delegate method.