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How do I use XML data to populate iOS calendar?

Posted on 2014-02-14
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I am adding calendar appointments to the native iOS calendar by retrieving XML data from a database.  The XML data is similar to this.
<draw>
<date>2014-02-11</date>
<starttime>08:00:00</startttime>
<endtime>12:00:00</endtime>
<street>509 NORTH 44TH</street>
</draw>
<draw>
<date>2014-02-11</date>
<starttime>16:00:00</startttime>
<endtime>18:00:00</endtime>
<street>4107 BLOSSUMWOOD DR</street>
</draw>

I am wanting to use the date, start time and end time to set the appointment and use the address as the title.

My Xcode looks like this. I have commented the sections I need populated from XML.
-(IBAction)saveEvent:(id)sender

{
    today = [NSDate date];
    messageDate = date;
    store=[[EKEventStore alloc] init];
    EKEvent *addEvent=[EKEvent eventWithEventStore:store];
    addEvent.title=@"1202 Test Way";//needs to be street from XML.
    addEvent.startDate=today;//needs to be date and starttime from XML.
    addEvent.endDate=today;//needs to be date and endtime from XML.
    [addEvent setCalendar:[store defaultCalendarForNewEvents]];
    addEvent.alarms=[NSArray arrayWithObject:[EKAlarm    alarmWithAbsoluteDate:addEvent.startDate]];
    [store saveEvent:addEvent span:EKSpanThisEvent error:nil];
   
   
}
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Unless I am mistaken your issue is converting your XML date and times to something you can use for the EventStore.

Thus you need to convert a date/time string into a NSDate.  Once you know this there are many examples.

This is but one example.

Here is more less specific Apple Developer information on what you need to do.

The one thing I am missing from your xml is what time this is? To create a NSDate you are going to need to tell iOS where the time comes from, is the XML based on the users local time or is the XML based on for example GMT.  This will be needed otherwise you will get strange results.
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by:aduvall
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Thank you the example solved my question.
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