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A Core Data-aware Swifty wrapper for Apple's Search Kit framework.
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Core Data Document Indexer

A Core Data-aware document indexer, a convenient Swifty wrapper for Apple's Search Kit.

Search Kit is Apple's content indexing and searching solution which is widely used in OS X, for example in System Preferences, Address Book, Help Viewer, Xcode, Mail and even Spotlight is built on top of it. Search Kit features:

  • Fast indexing and asynchronous searching
  • Google-like query syntax, including phrase-based, prefix/suffix/substring, and Boolean searching
  • Text summarization
  • Control over index characteristics, like minimum term length, stopwords, synonyms, and substitutions
  • Flexible management of document hierarchies and indexes
  • Unicode support
  • Relevance ranking and statistical analysis of documents
  • Thread-safe

Basically, Core Data Document Indexer builds up a layer around Document Indexer to provide Core Data-based document indexing and searching functionality, so that it can be used in a more Swift-friendly way.

Usage

Since Core Data Document Indexer borrows the capablities of the Document Indexer module, the usage illustrates only those aspects that differ. For more details refer to the documentation for Document Indexer itself.

Creating an in-memory Core Data-aware document index

import CoreDataDocumentIndexer
...
let persistentStoreCoordinator: NSPersistentStoreCoordinator = ... // the document store's persistent store coordinator
// By default it creates an inverted index
let indexer = CoreDataInMemoryDocumentIndexer(persistentStoreCoordinator: persistentStoreCoordinator)

Creating a persistent (on-disk) Core Data-aware document index

import CoreDataDocumentIndexer
...
let persistentStoreCoordinator: NSPersistentStoreCoordinator = ... // the document store's persistent store coordinator
let fileURL = "file:/INDEX_STORAGE_PATH"
// By default it creates an inverted index
let indexer = CoreDataPersistentDocumentIndexer(creatingAtURL: fileURL, persistentStoreCoordinator: persistentStoreCoordinator)

Opening a persistent (on-disk) Core Data-aware document index

import CoreDataDocumentIndexer
...
let persistentStoreCoordinator: NSPersistentStoreCoordinator = ... // the document store's persistent store coordinator
let fileURL = "file:/INDEX_STORAGE_PATH"
let indexer = CoreDataPersistentDocumentIndexer(openingAtURL: fileURL,
                                               persistentStoreCoordinator: persistentStoreCoordinator)

Indexing a Core Data-based document

import CoreDataDocumentIndexer
...
let managedObjectContext: NSManagedObjectContext = ... // the document store's managed object context
// Create a new document's managed object
let document = Document(context: managedObjectContext)
document.textContent = "Lorem ipsum ..."
try managedObjectContext.save()
// Index the new document
try indexer.indexDocument(forObjectID: ManagedObjectDocumentURL(document.objectID)!, withText: document.textContent)
// Commit all in-memory changes to backing store
try indexer.flush()

Note: for an external usage of a manage object id, like in this scenario, ensure it's finalized (i.e. the managed object is saved in the persistent store)! You can check for this condition with isTemporaryId.

Searching

The Core Data Document Indexer provides two ways of searching: sequence-based search and completion-based search. A good practice is not to present all the search results at once, but rather provide them gradually, in blocks. Thus Search Kit's search is block-oriented.

Core Data Document Indexer allows specifying the number of hits in a block with the hitsAtATime parameter. Other than that you can also provide the search options and the maximum search time.

The hits (or hit objects) are represented by the CoreDataSearchHit struct, which contains a managed object-restricted document URL object, documentURL, and a not normalized hit relevance score, score.

For query format description see Search Kit - Queries.

Sequence-based search

import CoreDataDocumentIndexer
...
for hits in indexer.makeSearch(for: "foo bar") {
    hits.forEach { print("\($0.documentURL) \($0.score)") }
}

The makeSearch method returns a searcher sequence that provides search result hits in hitsAtATime-sized blocks of hit objects for the given query string. If you don't need the search results broken into blocks, the following one-liner demonstrates getting a search result's hits all at once:

let allHits = indexer.makeSearch(for: "foo bar").reduce([], +)

The searcher sequence that the makeSearch method returns does support laziness and if used in a 'lazy' context it performs the actual searching for the next hits block only on demand.

Completion-based search

import CoreDataDocumentIndexer
...
let managedObjectContext: NSManagedObjectContext = ... // the document store's managed object context
indexer.search(for: "foo bar") { hits, hasMore, shouldStop in
    let foundDocuments = try hits.map {
        (try managedObjectContext.existingObject(with: $0.documentURL.objectID) as! Document) // `Document` is a managed object representing a text document
    }
    foundDocuments.forEach { print($0.textContent) }
}

The search completion closure receives the results in the form of a hit object array.

Search Kit is thread-safe and was developed with asynchronous work scenarios in mind, so wrapping the search query with a DispatchQueue block is a way to go.

Installation

Swift Package as dependency in Xcode 11+

  1. Go to "File" -> "Swift Packages" -> "Add Package Dependency"
  2. Paste Core Data Document Indexer repository URL into the search field:

https://github.com/SergeBouts/CoreDataDocumentIndexer.git

  1. Click "Next"

  2. Ensure that the "Rules" field is set to something like this: "Version: Up To Next Major: 1.0.0"

  3. Click "Next" to finish

For more info, check out here.

License

This project is licensed under the MIT license.

Resources

GitHub

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