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Customize the Overview View Controller to Display Customers and Products
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Customize the Overview View Controller to Display Customers and Products


You'll use the Swift programming language and the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS to implement data loading from the sample Data service and display the results in a Table View in your app. In addition, you'll add Table View Section Headers and Footers to give the data more structure and a nice clean UI.

You will learn

  • How to implement a Fiori Object Table View Cell
  • How to implement Table View Section Headers and Footers
  • How to use the generated data service to load data from the OData service

You will add Table View Section Headers and Footers to give the data more structure and a nice clean UI.

Step 1: Implement loading of customer and product data

In the previous tutorials you’ve built the foundation for implementing the logic behind the Overview View Controller. Before we can implement the data source and delegate logic for loading the Table View, we’ll need to retrieve some data.

This is fairly simple thanks to the SAP CP SDK for iOS and the generated model layer and convenience data service.

Open up the OverviewViewController.swift class and right below the import UIKit add the following import statements:

import SAPFiori import SAPOData import SAPCommon

Those import statements will import SAP’s UI framework, the OData framework, as well as the Common framework containing the Logging API.

Next we’ll add a couple of properties required for storing a data service instance, the App Delegate instance, a Logger instance, and two arrays used to store the customer and product data.

Add the following lines of code inside the class brackets and right below the class definition:

// The data service is called ESPMContainer here and because you're using Online OData you have to define the data service as OnlineODataProvider. private var dataService: ESPMContainer<OnlineODataProvider>? // The AppDelegate is easily accessible through the UIApplication instance. private let appDelegate = UIApplication.shared.delegate as! AppDelegate // The Logger is already setup in the AppDelegate through the SAP iOS Assistant, that's why we can easily can get an instance here. private let logger = Logger.shared(named: "OverviewViewController") private var customers = [Customer]() private var products = [Product]()

To give the user feedback of the loading process, you’re going to use a FUILoadingIndicatorView. The assistant generates a helper protocol providing you with convenient way to display a loading indicator.

Add the SAPFioriLoadingIndicator class protocol to your class definition:

class OverviewViewController: UIViewController, SAPFioriLoadingIndicator

The protocol requires you to add a reference to a FUILoadingIndicatorView instance.

Add the following line of code right below the products array:

var loadingIndicator: FUILoadingIndicatorView?

Next you will implement code which is responsible for retrieving and storing a data service instance.

Add the following lines of code after the delegate and data source allocation in the viewDidLoad(:) method of the OverviewViewController.swift class:

guard let dataService = appDelegate.sessionManager.onboardingSession?.odataController.espmContainer else { AlertHelper.displayAlert(with: "OData service is not reachable, please onboard again.", error: nil, viewController: self) logger.error("OData service is nil. Please check onboarding.") return } self.dataService = dataService

Next you’ll implement the a method for loading the initial data used to populate the Table View.

Add the following method right below the viewDidLoad(:) method:

private func loadInitialData() { // start showing the loading indicator self.showFioriLoadingIndicator() // Using a DispatchGroup will help you to get notified when all the needed data sets are loaded let group = DispatchGroup() // Fetch customers and products, pass in the DispatchGroup to handle entering and leaving of the group fetchCustomers(group) fetchProducts(group) // When all data tasks are completed, hide the loading indicator and reload the table view. This will cause a refresh of the UI, displaying the newly loaded data group.notify(queue: DispatchQueue.main) { self.hideFioriLoadingIndicator() self.tableView.reloadData() } }

Adding the method above will result in compile time errors because the fetchCustomers(_:) and fetchProducts(_:) methods are not implemented yet.

Add the following lines of code below the loadInitialData() method to implement the query for customers:

private func fetchCustomers(_ group: DispatchGroup) { // Enter the DispatchGroup group.enter() // Define a Data Query which is a class of the SAPOData framework. This query will tell the OData Service to also load the available Sales Orders for each Customer let query = DataQuery().expand(Customer.salesOrders) // Now call the data service and fetch the customers matching the above defined query. When during runtime the block gets entered we expect a result or an error. Also you want to hold a weak reference of self to not run into object reference issues during runtime. dataService?.fetchCustomers(matching: query) { [weak self] result, error in // If there is an error show an AlertDialog using the generated convenience class AlertHelper. Also log the error to the console and leave the /group. if let error = error { AlertHelper.displayAlert(with: "Failed to load list of customers!", error: error, viewController: self!) self?.logger.error("Failed to load list of customers!", error: error) group.leave() return } // sort the customer result set by the number of available sales orders by customer. self?.customers = result!.sorted(by: { $0.salesOrders.count > $1.salesOrders.count }) group.leave() } }

Next, add the following lines of code below the fetchCustomers(_:) method to implement the query for products:

private func fetchProducts(_ group: DispatchGroup) { // Enter the DispatchGroup group.enter() // Define a Data Query only fetching the top 5 products. let query = DataQuery().top(5) dataService?.fetchProducts(matching: query) { [weak self] result, error in if let error = error { AlertHelper.displayAlert(with: "Failed to load list of products!", error: error, viewController: self!) self?.logger.error("Failed to load list of products!", error: error) group.leave() return } self?.products = result! group.leave() } }

The last step is to call the loadInitialData() method when the OverviewViewController class is loaded.

Add the following line of code as the last line in the viewDidLoad(:):


Now every time our Overview View Controller gets loaded it will load the needed data from the OData Service.

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Step 2: Set up Table View and register needed cells

Now that the OverviewViewController is loading data, it’s time to implement the population of Table View Cells. The first step is to register the desired types of cells for the Table View.

Add the following lines of code to viewDidLoad(:) method, just below the call to its superclass:

// Remember when you set the top constraint to 25? - This code will set the background color of the View Controller's view to the standard background color defined in the SAP Fiori for iOS Design Guidelines. This will cause the space up top to appear as a visual divider. self.view.backgroundColor = .preferredFioriColor(forStyle: .backgroundBase) // Define the estimated row height for each row as well as setting the actual row height to define it's dimension itself. // This will cause the Table View to display a cell for at least 80 points. tableView.estimatedRowHeight = 80 tableView.rowHeight = UITableView.automaticDimension // Register an FUIObjectTableViewCell and a FUITableViewHeaderFooterView. We can use the convenience reuse identifier defined in the cell classes to later dequeue the cells. tableView.register(FUIObjectTableViewCell.self, forCellReuseIdentifier: FUIObjectTableViewCell.reuseIdentifier) tableView.register(FUITableViewHeaderFooterView.self, forHeaderFooterViewReuseIdentifier: FUITableViewHeaderFooterView.reuseIdentifier)

To distinct the customers from the products in the Table View you can use Table View Headers to display section headers. To make the UI more appealing Table View Footers are a great way to create separators.

You will implement the following methods to display a footer, a header and define how many sections to display.

Add the following methods to the extension, place them right above the tableView(_:numberOfRowsInSection:) method:

func numberOfSections(in tableView: UITableView) -> Int { return 0 } func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, viewForHeaderInSection section: Int) -> UIView? { return nil } func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, viewForFooterInSection section: Int) -> UIView? { return nil }

To actually react to user interaction on the Table View Cells, the Table View’s delegate protocol provides a method to react to Table View Row selection.

Add the following method as last method to the extension:

func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, didSelectRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) { }
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Step 3: Implement Table View's data source and delegate

In the previous step you registered the needed cells, set up the Table View and implemented the method stubs for the data source and delegate. Now you will implement those methods step-by-step to do something meaningful.

The Table View is supposed to have two sections, one for the customers and one for the products.

Return 2 in the numberOfSections(in:):

func numberOfSections(in tableView: UITableView) -> Int { return 2 }

Every section should be distinctive, for that you can tell the Table View what Table View Headers it should display.

Implement the tableView(_:viewForHeaderInSection:) like the following:

func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, viewForHeaderInSection section: Int) -> UIView? { // First dequeue the Header Footer View you registered in the viewDidLoad(:). let header = tableView.dequeueReusableHeaderFooterView(withIdentifier: FUITableViewHeaderFooterView.reuseIdentifier) as! FUITableViewHeaderFooterView // Set it's style to title. = .title header.separators = .bottom // For the first section give back a Header that is for the customers and the second is for the products switch section { case 0: header.titleLabel.text = "Customers" break case 1: header.titleLabel.text = "Products" break default: break } return header }

The Footer of the sections will be used as dividers. Those dividers don’t have a functional meaning but make the UI cleaner.

Implement the tableView(_:viewForFooterInSection:) as the following:

func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, viewForFooterInSection section: Int) -> UIView? { if section == 1 { return UIView() } let divider = UITableViewHeaderFooterView() divider.backgroundColor = .preferredFioriColor(forStyle: .backgroundBase) return divider }

Now coming to the actual needed data source methods. The tableView(_:numberOfRowsInSection:) is fairly simple to implement:

// If the data arrays are empty return 0, else return 5. func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int { switch section { case 0: if customers.isEmpty { return 0 } case 1: if products.isEmpty { return 0 } default: return 0 } return 5 }

Coming to the exciting part, implementing the tableView(_:cellForRowAt:) method. This method is going to be called by the Table View every time it wants to dequeue a cell.

Implement the following code and read the inline comments carefully:

func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) -> UITableViewCell { // Dequeue the FUIObjectTableViewCell and cast it accordingly. let cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCell(withIdentifier: FUIObjectTableViewCell.reuseIdentifier) as! FUIObjectTableViewCell // Set the accessory type of the cell to disclosure, this will indicate to the user that those cells are tappable. cell.accessoryType = .disclosureIndicator // Distinct the cell setup depending on the section. switch indexPath.section { case 0: // Get the currently needed customer and fill the cell's properties let customer = customers[indexPath.row] cell.headlineText = "\(customer.firstName ?? "") \(customer.lastName ?? "")" cell.subheadlineText = "\( ?? ""), \( ?? "")" cell.footnoteText = "# Sales Orders : \(customer.salesOrders.count)" return cell case 1: // Get the currently needed product and fill the cell's properties let product = products[indexPath.row] cell.headlineText = ?? "" cell.subheadlineText = product.categoryName ?? "" // If there is a product price set, format it with the help of a NumberFormatter if let price = product.price { let formatter = NumberFormatter() formatter.numberStyle = .currency let formattedPrice = formatter.string(for: price.intValue()) cell.footnoteText = formattedPrice ?? "" } return cell default: return UITableViewCell() } }
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Step 4: Create the needed segue to the Customer Detail View Controller

The Overview View Controller is almost implemented. The last thing that is missing is the navigation to the Customer Detail View Controller.

In theory you might want the user to see a list of all customers and products, but for this tutorial series we won’t implement that. This series is focusing on the machine learning capabilities, so that’s why you only will implement the Customer Detail Screen. For that, you will implement the defined delegate method in this step.

In the iOS world, there are so-called segues, which can be used to perform navigation from one View Controller to another. Segues also allows you to access the so-called destination View Controller, this allows you to hand over data and do other setups for that View Controller. Let’s define the segues to give you a better understanding.
You will create a segue that goes from the Table View Cell that contains the customer data to the actual Customer Detail View Controller.

Open the Main.storyboard and locate your OverviewViewController.

In the Main.storyboard, add another Table View Controller from the Object Library.

Create Navigation

Again, the just-created Table View Controller needs a Swift class for custom implementation.

Right-click the SalesAssistant group in the Project Navigator and create a new Cocoa Touch Class. Make sure it is sub-classed from UITableViewController and name it CustomerDetailTableViewController.

Create Navigation

Go back to the Main.storyboard, select the newly created Table View Controller and in the Identity Inspector set the Custom Class to CustomerDetailTableViewController, and hit Return.

Create Navigation

Select the Table View inside the OverviewViewController and click the Attributes Inspector.

In the Table View section, add 2 Prototype Cells. Select one of the prototype cells in the Table View and create a segue to the CustomerDetailTableViewController.

Create Navigation

Last step is to give that segue an identifier.

Select the segue and in the Attributes Inspector set the identifier to showCustomerDetail.

Create Navigation

Great! The segue is created in storyboard and have an identifier. In the next step, you will add code to provide information to the destination View Controller for the segue.

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Step 5: Implement the prepare for segue method

For this app, it is necessary to provide the Customer ID to the destination View Controller and set the title in the Navigation Item for the Customer Detail View Controller.

iOS provides a simple API to do that.

You can utilize the prepare(for:sender:) method to do all of that, open the OverviewViewController and implement the following code:

override func prepare(for segue: UIStoryboardSegue, sender: Any?) { // Implement a switch over the segue identifiers to distinct which segue get's called. if segue.identifier == showCustomerDetailSegue { // Show the selected Customer on the Detail view guard let indexPath = self.tableView.indexPathForSelectedRow else { return } // Retrieve the selected customer let selectedEntity = self.customers[indexPath.row] // Get an instance of the CustomerDetailTableViewController with asking the segue for it's destination. let detailViewController = segue.destination as! CustomerDetailTableViewController // Check if the customer ID is set, if not handle the errors and notify the user. guard let customerID = selectedEntity.customerID else { AlertHelper.displayAlert(with: "We're having issues displaying the details for the customer with name \(selectedEntity.lastName ?? "")", error: nil, viewController: self) self.logger.error("Unexpectedly customerID is nil! Can't pass customerID into CustomerDetailViewController.") return } // Set the customer ID at the CustomerDetailTableViewController. detailViewController.customerId = customerID // Set the title of the navigation item on the CustomerDetailTableViewController detailViewController.navigationItem.title = "\(self.customers[indexPath.row].firstName ?? ""), \(self.customers[indexPath.row].lastName ?? "")" } }

Right now that code won’t compile because you’re currently missing the constants that hold the segue identifier as well as the customer ID property on the CustomerDetailTableViewController.

Let’s fix the identifier problem first.

Go all the way up to the properties in the OverviewViewController and the following line of code directly above the viewDidLoad(:) method:

private let showCustomerDetailSegue = "showCustomerDetail"

Next open up the CustomerDetailTableViewController and add the following lines of code right above the viewDidLoad(:) method:

var customerId: String!

All the code should compile now.

Continue to the next step to implement the perform segue call in the delegate method.

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Step 6: Call the perform segue method

To perform the navigation, locate the delegate method tableView(_:didSelectRowAt:) and implement the following line of code in there:

if indexPath.section == 0 { performSegue(withIdentifier: showCustomerDetailSegue, sender: tableView.cellForRow(at: indexPath)) }

The setup code for the destination View Controller is going to be performed each time the you call the performSegue(withIdentifier:sender:) method.

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Step 7: Run app to see if navigation works

Go ahead and run your app now. Try out the navigation from a customer to the Detail View.

Overview View Controller Customer Detail
App App
What is the correct method to prepare a navigation from one View Controller to another? Please select the correct answer.

Next Steps


  • Development environment: Apple Mac running macOS Mojave or higher with Xcode 11 or higher
  • SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS: Version 4.0 SP00
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