iPhone TutorialsLearn How to Enable CloudKit in Your App

Learn How to Enable CloudKit in Your App

Apps have become the single hottest format for gamers around the world. It’s not uncommon for apps to sell in the millions, and the revenue from them has been phenomenal, but how are app developers doing such a great job? The answer has been in collecting, analyzing, and using the data that they have gathered from end users. Data from apps has been a crucial prize for owners of apps, and managing that data, both for development and for marketing purposes, has become a major aspect of the app business. That’s why the Cloudkit is such an incredible tool.

About CloudKit
The Cloudkit is a tool that allows developers to gather, store, and share data gathered from apps. That data can be stored in individual containers, or shared among group containers. You can have as many containers as you want, and the data can be accessed from anywhere. This means that as your test players are working with an app, their data can go into a communal pool that can be accessed with ease. This makes programming for multiple parties on larger projects much easier and faster.

Cloudkit Containers
Cloudkit Containers.

A container is a storage area that exists in the Cloud. All apps start with one that is unique to them, but others can be created as you go. An app can share a container with other apps, but developers may not share their container with other developers, so the data isn’t 100% communal, but it is accessible across members of a project.

Different containers can be used for different types of data, or for different stages of a project. This helps making referencing different parts of a project much easier. Imagine being able to take the massive block of code behind your app and organize it into storage containers. This is essentially what Cloudkit Containers do for programmers.

Your Cloudkit containers will appear as an option in your programming dashboard, with your default container automatically showing up as checked. You can add them easily, and store as much as you wish in each one.

Cloudkit Databases
Cloudkit databases are varied and diverse, and follow all the traditional rules of a database. In Cloudkit, you are working with a one to one ratio on your unique container ID, which means that your data will have to be uniquely labeled, but it also means that if you’re familiar with how databases are supposed to work, you should be fine here.

Cloudkit databases tend to follow a lot of the rules of a traditional SQL database, but with their one unique way of labeling and referencing. Still, in the all new design language provided by Apple, referencing field types and database objects is as simple as one line of code.

Steps for Setup
Your Cloudkit window will only need a few basic add-ons for work with containers. In fact, it should be as simple as adding a toolbar and reconfiguring your existing screen. Because the language schema behind it is relatively new, you may have to download the latest version from Apple, but the nice thing about Cloudkit is that it’s open to all developers, and should be easily accessible for any developers that are already used to the programming environments for Apple.

Enable iCloud
Enabling iCloud is as simple as adding a toolbar and checking a few settings. While in the past, adding and working with addon tools like this would be a hassle, Apple has again gone out of their way to add this so that the API is easy and quick to navigate. In other words, you should be able to add your iCloud settings in a matter of a few, simple clicks.
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The CloudKit Dashboard
The Cloudkit dashboard is designed to integrate seamlessly with the existing API dashboards, which means you can access it from toolbars, just like any other add-on feature in the developer’s windows. Also, working with the code is as simple as clicking a button and opening a coding window.

Share Containers
A shared container is one that links to a public database, and this is usually hosted on a cloud server. This is as simple as clicking a setting, but it instantly gives you the ability to distribute your work among your peers. It also means that you have to be extra careful about your unique identifiers, as two people can’t duplicate a record and expect to load it to a shared database.


Create an iCloud Accounting
If you want to share your data via the iCloud database system, you will need to create an iCloud account. This only requires a username and password, and can be linked to your Apple ID. Many developers will already have something similar to this set up, but this is a required piece for any data sharing.

Create an iCloud Accounting

Learn More
There is so much that can be done with the iCloud that it boggles the mind. The ability to share your data in an easy to reference storage system that can be linked across developers worldwide is amazing, helpful, and extremely easy to use. The iCloud was designed to store data from apps globally and let developers work at their pace from their locations. The language schema is easy to learn and familiar, and the tools are completely integrated into your existing tool kits. In short, there’s a lot you can do, and a lot that will feel familiar once you start doing it.

If you want to learn more about the iCloud, please check out this helpful video:

It should provide you with a good visual introduction to what the iCloud is and how it works.

The world of programming and data sharing is constantly evolving, and with the iCloud, that world is getting ready to explode. As developers begin to take advantage of what this amazing tool has to offer, the future of app development from a global team is nearly limitless. With iCloud, the sky is the limit for programmers.


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