Instant Model’s protocols provide flexibility when creating your model objects. Conforming to them will allow objects that don’t subclass ICModel to continue to work with the rest of Instant Cocoa’s infrastructure.


The ICKeyValueCodable protocol formalizes the existence of Key-Value Coding in protocol form. All NSObjects conform to it already, but the <NSObject> protocol doesn’t provide those methods. Other protocols are dependent on this one, but you won’t have to do any work to conform to it.

- (id)valueForKey:(NSString *)key;
- (void)setValue:(id)value forKey:(NSString *)key;
- (id)valueForKeyPath:(NSString *)keyPath;
- (void)setValue:(id)value forKeyPath:(NSString *)keyPath;
- (NSDictionary *)dictionaryWithValuesForKeys:(NSArray *)keys;
- (void)setValuesForKeysWithDictionary:(NSDictionary *)keyedValues;

In ICModel, these don’t have an implementation different from one provided by NSObject.


ICInspectable provides one class method:


This is a dictionary that maps key names to instances of ICPropertyAttributes. The ICModelInspector class provides an easy way to generate dictionaries for this role. A sample implementation:

+ (NSDictionary *)properties {
    return [[[ICModelInspector new] initWithClass:self] properties];


The ICMappable protocol inherits from ICKeyValueCodable and adds two methods for converting to and from dictionaries.

- (instancetype)initWithDictionary:(NSDictionary *)dictionary;
@property (nonatomic, copy, readonly) NSDictionary *dictionaryRepresentation;


The ICJSONMappable protocol inherits from ICMappable. It adds three required methods. +JSONMapping is an NSDictionary that maps local property names to JSON keypaths:

+ (NSDictionary*)JSONMapping;

With that data, mapper objects can map to and from JSON, using two other methods in the protocol:

- (instancetype)initWithJSONDictionary:(NSDictionary*)JSONDictionary;
@property (nonatomic, copy, readonly) NSDictionary *JSONRepresentation;

And one optional method, in case the server response needs additional manipulation before it’s mapped:

- (void)transformJSONRepresentationBeforeMapping:(NSDictionary**)JSONRepresentation;


Objects that also have a remote component can conform to ICRemoteObject. This protocol provides information to objects that need to know how to access each model as a resource.

It responds to a class method, which corresponds to the singleton resouce, such as /users

+ (NSString *)resourceEndpoint;

It also responds to an instance method, which corresponds to the resource for that specific model, such as /users/123.

- (NSString *)resourceEndpoint;

It also responds to an optional method that defines if the object lies at a particular keypath.

+ (NSString *)remoteKeyPath;