How to assign copy of object back to original reference?

How to assign copy of object back to original reference?

I have application with following design: Table View that lists documents. And ViewController where document is edited.

When editing the document I want to use a copy of object so in case user press Cancel I just throw away the copy. If user selected Save I copy modified document to original. (I can't have all document's fields as properties in viewController because there are too many of them).

Table View controller:

SelectedRowAtIndex {   document= [documentsArray objectAtIndex:indexPath.row];   viewController.assignedDocuemnt= document; } 

Then I have View controller class where the item is modified:

@interface @property (nonatomic,retain) Document *asignedDocument; @property (nonatomic,retain) Document *editedDocument;  viewDidLoad{    editedDocument= [assignedDocuemnt copy]; }   IBAction save {    assignedDocument=editedDocument; } 

My problem is that original document in documentsArray is not updated with edited version. What did I miss?

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You're copying the value and then assigning the reference of the copy back over a reference to the original.

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That's definitely not going to work..
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First, keep track of which document they're adding in the table view's viewcontroller..
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Then add a handler for replacing the selected document with another to the table view's viewcontroller:.
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- (void)replaceSelectedDocument:(Document*)newDoc {     [documents replaceObjectAtIndex: editingIndex                          withObject: newDoc]; } 
To save, call the table view controller's new message from the editor view controller with something like:.
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[tableViewController replaceSelectedDocument: editedDocument]; 
A better way to do this would be to modify your editor view controller to take a target and action instead of calling back to the table view controller explicitly.

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When you want to save, call the action:.
[target performSelector: action withObject: editedDocument]; 
But that's another bump on the learning curve that you probably don't need to get over today..

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