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Programming language: Swift
License: MIT License
Tags: Utility    
Latest version: v1.2.0

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An efficient Swift utility to compute the difference between two arrays. Get the removedIndexes and insertedIndexes and pass them directly along to UITableView or UICollectionView when you update your data! The diffing algorithm is the same that powers the diff utility – it's robust and quick.

Basic Example

let old = [ "a", "b", "c", "d" ]
let new = [ "a", "c", "e", "f", "d" ]

let diff = old.diff(new)
// diff.removedIndexes = { 1 }
// diff.insertedIndexes = { 2, 3 }

// To update rows in section 0:
tableView.beginUpdates()
self.data = new
diff.applyToRowsInTableView(tableView, section: 0, rowAnimation: .Automatic)
tableView.endUpdates()

// Or to update sections:
tableView.beginUpdates()
self.data = new
diff.applyToSectionsInTableView(tableView, rowAnimation: .Automatic)
tableView.endUpdates()

Nested Diff

You can use types that conform to SectionType to perform nested row- and section-level diffs simultaneously:

let old = [
  BasicSection(name: "Alpha", items: ["a", "b", "c", "d", "e"]),
  BasicSection(name: "Bravo", items: ["f", "g", "h", "i", "j"]),
  BasicSection(name: "Charlie", items: ["k", "l", "m", "n", "o"])
]
let new = [
  BasicSection(name: "Alpha", items: ["a", "b", "d", "e", "x"]),
  BasicSection(name: "Charlie", items: ["f", "g", "h", "i", "j"]),
  BasicSection(name: "Delta", items: ["f", "g", "h", "i", "j"])
]

let nestedDiff = old.diffNested(new)
// nestedDiff.sectionsDiff.removedIndexes == {1}
// nestedDiff.sectionsDiff.insertedIndexes == {2}
// nestedDiff.itemDiffs[0].removedIndexes == {2}
// nestedDiff.itemDiffs[0].insertedIndexes == {5}
// etc.

tableView.beginUpdates()
self.data = new
nestedDiff.applyToTableView(tableView, rowAnimation: .Automatic)
tableView.endUpdates()

Limitations

Item moves are treated as remove/insert, so when they are animated the cell will "teleport" to its new position, rather than sliding there. If you would like this feature, let me know in the Issues!

Example Project

Check out the iOS app in the Example folder to see this framework pushed to its limits to drive a UITableView. In it we have a table view with 20 sections of strings. When you tap update, the data is randomly updated and we assert that the changes we made are equal to the changes that the framework recovers by comparing the two arrays.

Attribution

Thanks to https://github.com/khanlou/NSArray-LongestCommonSubsequence which I took inspiration totally copied from.