Scheduling Services

A micro-post about a micro-framework. Schedule (possibly repeating) events for some time in the future, along with restoration support. An NSNotification-based scheduling service in Swift.

Requirements

  • Schedule a request
  • Cancel a request
  • Restore all requests upon app-launch
  • Pause/resume all requests

Essentially I wanted to remove the knowledge/management of a timer. Obviously the implementation would need to handle this, but I wanted to build an abstraction on top of this that would support all of my requirements, while providing a simple/clean API.

Scheduling Service

The result is a lightweight micro-framework – SchedulingService.

// schedule a request
let request = service.schedule(date: Date().addingTimeInterval(5))

// cancel the request
service.cancel(request)

// schedule an NSNotification
service.schedule(date: Date().addingTimeInterval(20), 
         notification: .CountdownDidUpdate)

Codable

I also wanted to be able to save/restore all scheduled events so that I wouldn't need to restore them manually upon launch.

// decodes or makes a new Service
let store = SchedulingServiceStore(service: nil)

// encodes the current service
store.service.save()

Super simple, single file micro-framwork. If you'd like to play with this, check out the GIST.


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