iOSGuideline to choose best iOS Architecture Patterns

Introduction

Demystifying MVC, MVP, MVVM and VIPER or any other design patterns to choose the best approach to building an app

MVC pattern

import UIKit

struct Person { // Model
    let firstName: String
    let lastName: String
}

class GreetingViewController : UIViewController { // View + Controller
    var person: Person!
    let showGreetingButton = UIButton()
    let greetingLabel = UILabel()
    
    override func viewDidLoad() {
        super.viewDidLoad()
        self.showGreetingButton.addTarget(self, action: "didTapButton:", forControlEvents: .TouchUpInside)
    }
    
    func didTapButton(button: UIButton) {
        let greeting = "Hello" + " " + self.person.firstName + " " + self.person.lastName
        self.greetingLabel.text = greeting
        
    }
    // layout code goes here
}
// Assembling of MVC
let model = Person(firstName: "David", lastName: "Blaine")
let view = GreetingViewController()
view.person = model

MVP Patterns

import UIKit

struct Person { // Model
    let firstName: String
    let lastName: String
}

protocol GreetingView: class {
    func setGreeting(greeting: String)
}

protocol GreetingViewPresenter {
    init(view: GreetingView, person: Person)
    func showGreeting()
}

class GreetingPresenter : GreetingViewPresenter {
    unowned let view: GreetingView
    let person: Person
    required init(view: GreetingView, person: Person) {
        self.view = view
        self.person = person
    }
    func showGreeting() {
        let greeting = "Hello" + " " + self.person.firstName + " " + self.person.lastName
        self.view.setGreeting(greeting)
    }
}

class GreetingViewController : UIViewController, GreetingView {
    var presenter: GreetingViewPresenter!
    let showGreetingButton = UIButton()
    let greetingLabel = UILabel()
    
    override func viewDidLoad() {
        super.viewDidLoad()
        self.showGreetingButton.addTarget(self, action: "didTapButton:", forControlEvents: .TouchUpInside)
    }
    
    func didTapButton(button: UIButton) {
        self.presenter.showGreeting()
    }
    
    func setGreeting(greeting: String) {
        self.greetingLabel.text = greeting
    }
    
    // layout code goes here
}
// Assembling of MVP
let model = Person(firstName: "David", lastName: "Blaine")
let view = GreetingViewController()
let presenter = GreetingPresenter(view: view, person: model)
view.presenter = presenter

MVVM Pattern

import UIKit

struct Person { // Model
    let firstName: String
    let lastName: String
}

protocol GreetingViewModelProtocol: class {
    var greeting: String? { get }
    var greetingDidChange: ((GreetingViewModelProtocol) -> ())? { get set } // function to call when greeting did change
    init(person: Person)
    func showGreeting()
}

class GreetingViewModel : GreetingViewModelProtocol {
    let person: Person
    var greeting: String? {
        didSet {
            self.greetingDidChange?(self)
        }
    }
    var greetingDidChange: ((GreetingViewModelProtocol) -> ())?
    required init(person: Person) {
        self.person = person
    }
    func showGreeting() {
        self.greeting = "Hello" + " " + self.person.firstName + " " + self.person.lastName
    }
}

class GreetingViewController : UIViewController {
    var viewModel: GreetingViewModelProtocol! {
        didSet {
            self.viewModel.greetingDidChange = { [unowned self] viewModel in
                self.greetingLabel.text = viewModel.greeting
            }
        }
    }
    let showGreetingButton = UIButton()
    let greetingLabel = UILabel()
    
    override func viewDidLoad() {
        super.viewDidLoad()
        self.showGreetingButton.addTarget(self.viewModel, action: "showGreeting", forControlEvents: .TouchUpInside)
    }
    // layout code goes here
}
// Assembling of MVVM
let model = Person(firstName: "David", lastName: "Blaine")
let viewModel = GreetingViewModel(person: model)
let view = GreetingViewController()
view.viewModel = viewModel

VIPER Pattern

import UIKit

struct Person { // Entity (usually more complex e.g. NSManagedObject)
    let firstName: String
    let lastName: String
}

struct GreetingData { // Transport data structure (not Entity)
    let greeting: String
    let subject: String
}

protocol GreetingProvider {
    func provideGreetingData()
}

protocol GreetingOutput: class {
    func receiveGreetingData(greetingData: GreetingData)
}

class GreetingInteractor : GreetingProvider {
    weak var output: GreetingOutput!
    
    func provideGreetingData() {
        let person = Person(firstName: "David", lastName: "Blaine") // usually comes from data access layer
        let subject = person.firstName + " " + person.lastName
        let greeting = GreetingData(greeting: "Hello", subject: subject)
        self.output.receiveGreetingData(greeting)
    }
}

protocol GreetingViewEventHandler {
    func didTapShowGreetingButton()
}

protocol GreetingView: class {
    func setGreeting(greeting: String)
}

class GreetingPresenter : GreetingOutput, GreetingViewEventHandler {
    weak var view: GreetingView!
    var greetingProvider: GreetingProvider!
    
    func didTapShowGreetingButton() {
        self.greetingProvider.provideGreetingData()
    }
    
    func receiveGreetingData(greetingData: GreetingData) {
        let greeting = greetingData.greeting + " " + greetingData.subject
        self.view.setGreeting(greeting)
    }
}

class GreetingViewController : UIViewController, GreetingView {
    var eventHandler: GreetingViewEventHandler!
    let showGreetingButton = UIButton()
    let greetingLabel = UILabel()

    override func viewDidLoad() {
        super.viewDidLoad()
        self.showGreetingButton.addTarget(self, action: "didTapButton:", forControlEvents: .TouchUpInside)
    }
    
    func didTapButton(button: UIButton) {
        self.eventHandler.didTapShowGreetingButton()
    }
    
    func setGreeting(greeting: String) {
        self.greetingLabel.text = greeting
    }
    
    // layout code goes here
}
// Assembling of VIPER module, without Router
let view = GreetingViewController()
let presenter = GreetingPresenter()
let interactor = GreetingInteractor()
view.eventHandler = presenter
presenter.view = view
presenter.greetingProvider = interactor
interactor.output = presenter