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Creating completely custom buttons using PrimitiveButtonStyle

19:21

INTERMEDIATE SWIFTUI

Creating completely custom buttons using PrimitiveButtonStyle

SwiftUI’s ButtonStyle lets us focus on how our buttons look, but not how they work, which in many situations is valuable. In this article we’ll look at a more advanced protocol, PrimitiveButtonStyle, and see how that gives us complete control over button functionality.

Making projects and items feel at home on the Mac

23:09

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Making projects and items feel at home on the Mac

Now we need to turn our eyes to the first significant piece of work porting to macOS: adjusting the Open and Closed tabs so they look and work better on macOS. This means adding some Mac-only modifiers and views, but it gives us a big step forward as you’ll see.

Adding and deleting

18:42

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Adding and deleting

At this point you can get a basic idea for the UI of our app, but it has a fatal flaw: although we can add test data, we can’t do the same for user data. Let’s fix that now – there’s more to it than you might think!

Tinting our clouds

18:43

REMAKING APPS

Tinting our clouds

Now that we have a working day/night cycle, we’re going to follow that up with a subtle but beautiful effect: we’ll dynamically tint our clouds so they glow with sunrise and sunset, and look darker at night time.

Views and Modifiers

5:33

SOLUTIONS

Views and Modifiers

This challenge asks you to back and adjust both project 1 and project 2 based on what you learned, then try your hand at creating a custom view modifier. Let’s tackle it now…

Adding matched geometry effects to Journeys

56:38

HACKING WITH SWIFT LIVE 2020

Adding matched geometry effects to Journeys

In this part we’re going to look at an example solution to implement matched geometry animations in our Journeys app.

Bringing the sun out

21:29

REMAKING APPS

Bringing the sun out

Okay, so the lightning effect took a lot of work, but now we’re on to something much easier: adding some sunshine. This is place ripe for experimentation, but we can get something good with remarkably little work.

UI Testing with SwiftUI

40:37

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

UI Testing with SwiftUI

Even after writing stacks of unit tests, chances are your test coverage is still well below 40%. Those units tests are really important, but if you really want great test coverage you need to add some UI tests and that’s exactly what we’re going to work on here.

TinyDraw

1:23:29

LIVE STREAMS

TinyDraw

In this article we’re going to build a small drawing app for iPad, but along the way you’ll see how to load and save documents into iCloud, add support for undo, and more.

UIKit updates: UICollectionView lists

1:26:39

HACKING WITH SWIFT LIVE 2020

UIKit updates: UICollectionView lists

In this part we’re going to build an app to explore SF Symbols, all built using the massive new updates to UICollectionView that let it act like a table view.

Storing your code somewhere safe

21:32

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Storing your code somewhere safe

At this point we have something very simple working, so now is a great time to stash your code away somewhere safe using source control. If you already know how to use Git then you’re welcome to skip this part.

Documenting our code

41:58

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Documenting our code

Good documentation describes not only what code does, but provides context on why it works a certain way, what assumptions you made, any optimizations you made, as well as describing subtleties in the implementation if you’re dealing with difficult code. In this article we’re going to be documenting our project for other developers and beyond!

Friendface, part 1

14:19

SOLUTIONS

Friendface, part 1

This challenge asks you to create an app that downloads and decodes JSON from the internet, then shows it in a list. Let’s tackle it now…

Querying data from iCloud

34:39

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Querying data from iCloud

In the previous step we added the ability to upload projects and items to iCloud, then used the iCloud Dashboard to check the data had arrived safely. In this step we’re going to load shared projects, and let users browse them.

Parsing difficult JSON

26:05

WORKING WITH DATA

Parsing difficult JSON

If you have nice, clean JSON then using Swift and Codable is like a dream come true. But what if you have messy JSON, or JSON where you really don’t know what you’ll receive ahead of time? In this article I’ll show you how to handle any kind of JSON in an elegant way, without relying on third-party libraries.

Why opaque return types are so important

12:19

ADVANCED SWIFT

Why opaque return types are so important

Opaque return types are a powerful feature in Swift, and are also critically important for writing SwiftUI. In this article I’ll be explaining how they work, and why they give us more power than returning a simple protocol.

Expanding lists and iPad sidebars

1:21:46

HACKING WITH SWIFT LIVE 2020

Expanding lists and iPad sidebars

In this part we’ll be looking at upgrades to SwiftUI’s List view that let us expand and collapse rows, then try out the iPadOS sidebar style.

Cleaning up CloudKit, part 2

31:09

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Cleaning up CloudKit, part 2

The second part of cleaning up CloudKit involves tackling error handling head on, and along the way I’ll show you a useful trick for making this process easier. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that getting error handling right is the key to a great CloudKit app!

Converting measurements safely

17:58

MAKING THE MOST OF FOUNDATION

Converting measurements safely

Apple’s Foundation framework makes it easy for us to convert any kind of measurement into any other kind of measurement. In this article I’ll show you how to make the most of these APIs, but also why it’s so useful that they work with Swift features such as operator overloading, plus important protocols such as Comparable, Equatable, and Codable.

Continuing SwiftUI

1:01:31

HACKING WITH SWIFT LIVE 2021

Continuing SwiftUI

Now that we have covered all the changes in Swift concurrency, we can start to look at the changes in SwiftUI, starting with refreshable() and searchable().

 
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