My table view doesn't populate

I'm using this tutorial on how to create a pop out menu.

I got it working when going through the tutorial, now i'm trying to implement it into my app.

I'm at the stage where i can press the menu button and the popout menu appears. The problem is, it doesn't populate itself with my table view cells.

I set the identifiers for each table view cell and then in the code reference them to full an array.

I know when woking through the tutorial, if I misspelled one of the identifiers when defining what's in the array, the program would crash. In my app, that's not the case. Hopefully that can help pin down the problem. It doesn't even change the colours which is the first part of the code.

Here's the code.

#import "SidebarViewController.h"
#import "SWRevealViewController.h"

@interface SidebarViewController ()

@property (nonatomic, strong) NSArray *menuItems;


@implementation SidebarViewController

- (id)initWithStyle:(UITableViewStyle)style
self = [super initWithStyle:style];
if (self) {
    // Custom initialization
return self;

- (void)viewDidLoad
[super viewDidLoad];

self.view.backgroundColor = [UIColor colorWithWhite:0.2f alpha:1.0f];
self.tableView.backgroundColor = [UIColor colorWithWhite:0.2f alpha:1.0f];
self.tableView.separatorColor = [UIColor colorWithWhite:0.15f alpha:0.2f];

_menuItems = @[@"markup",@"tax"];


- (void)didReceiveMemoryWarning
[super didReceiveMemoryWarning];
// Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.

#pragma mark - Table view data source

- (NSInteger)numberOfSectionsInTableView:(UITableView *)tableView
// Return the number of sections.
return 1;

- (NSInteger)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView numberOfRowsInSection:(NSInteger)section
// Return the number of rows in the section.
return [self.menuItems count];


- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath     *)indexPath
NSString *CellIdentifier = [self.menuItems objectAtIndex:indexPath.row];
UITableViewCell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:CellIdentifier forIndexPath:indexPath];

return cell;

Any help would be great.



All you're doing is creating an array with two string literals. You must set the textlabel's text property in the following method to display the strings in table view cells:

- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {
    static NSString *CellIdentifier = @"Cell";

    UITableViewCell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:CellIdentifier];
    if (cell == nil) {
        cell = [[[UITableViewCell alloc] initWithStyle:UITableViewCellStyleDefault reuseIdentifier:CellIdentifier] autorelease];
    cell.textLabel.text = [_menuItems objectAtIndexPath:indexPath.row];
    return cell;

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