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  • Making the most of Foundation goes back to the basics of Apple's Foundation framework, exploring how best to use common code such as UserDefaults and Measurement.
  • Networking covers a core topic in a fresh way, showing you smart ways to make your code simpler and safer using generics, Combine, and more.
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FAQ

Does this subscription give me all your books?

The articles produced for Hacking with Swift+ are all new and exclusive to subscribers, but after subscribing for 18 months you'll also gain free online access to over a dozen of my books. This means your subscription grows as you do, making Hacking with Swift+ the largest and most comprehensive subscription around.

Can I share one account with my whole team?

No, this is not allowed – each member of your team needs their own subscription, just like they would need their own Netflix or Apple Music accounts. If you want your whole team to have a Hacking with Swift+ account, please change the number of licensed seats upwards from 1 when subscribing.

How is a team subscription different from an individual subscription?

When you subscribe with at least three seats, all members of your team gain immediate access to the Hacking with Swift reading library, rather than waiting 18 months – that's over a dozen of my books to maximise your team's learning.

What are the free gifts?

Each year of your subscription we'll mail out free gifts, as a thank you for supporting the site. These include pin metal badges, magnets, stickers, coasters, and more – we think you'll love them! If you take out an annual subscription, we send out your first year's gifts immediately.

What happens in the monthly live streams?

Every Hacking with Swift+ subscriber is invited to join my private monthly live streams on YouTube, where I build a complete app from scratch while answering questions along the way. This is your chance to get involved and explore projects being written live, and these streams are always hugely popular.

What happens if I miss a live stream?

All live streams are recorded, and posted onto the main Hacking with Swift+ site afterwards. Even better, they include a full transcript alongside, so if you prefer text tutorials to video tutorials you have that option.

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Every subscriber can enjoy an ad-free experience on Hacking with Swift – all you need to do is log in, and the site will automatically remove the adverts. To give you the fastest reading experience, we also remove the gray bar under the menu, plus the right-hand bar that sits next to every article.

Is Hacking with Swift+ suitable for absolute beginners?

If you're an absolute beginner you should start with my free 100 Days of SwiftUI course, which teaches you the fundamentals of Swift and SwiftUI. However, Hacking with Swift+ includes complete solutions to all the checkpoints and milestones in the 100 Days of SwiftUI series, making it the perfect companion as you're learning.

What's more, Hacking with Swift+ will grow with you once you've finished learning – it has a wide range of intermediate to advanced Swift techniques and tutorials that will keep pushing your skills further, no matter what your goal.

Some sites claim to have thousands of videos – why is HWS+ better?

Hacking with Swift+ focuses firmly on two things:

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  2. We teach Swift, Swift, and more Swift. We don't do Kotlin, we aren't interested in Dart, we won't try to squeeze in Flutter, and you won't find any React Native. That's not to say those other technologies aren't interesting, only that you're here to take your Swift skills further and that's exactly what we care about most.

How much does it cost?

Hacking with Swift+ costs $20 a month or $200 a year, per seat. Your membership includes all subscriber-only videos and articles available now and published in the future, for as long as your membership remains active. You can cancel your membership at any time, and your access will continue until your term ends.

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Hacking with Swift+ is $20 per month, and you can cancel whenever you want. If you intend to work through many articles and really push your learning forward, you should consider the yearly subscription option, which is $200 for 12 months – a saving of $40.

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Yes! Many Hacking with Swift+ articles end with challenges to help you take your learning further – code to try, problems to solve, questions to consider, and more.

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If you live in a country or state where tax is applied to digital purchases, that will be added to your subscription price. As you might imagine there isn't a lot I can do about that.

Will you still make free tutorials?

Yes, absolutely! I believe it's important to help everyone learn, so I will still be publishing as many free tutorials as I can. This won't be affected by Hacking with Swift+.

Here's a sample of what's waiting for you…


Dcode

2:48:37

LIVE STREAMS

Dcode

In this article we’re going to build a tool aids in the decryption of popular ciphers, including Caesar shift, columnar transposition, and Vigenère – all while leaning heavily on Apple’s Swift Algorithms package.

Condensing data down to a single value with reduce()

26:20

FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING

Condensing data down to a single value with reduce()

In this article we’re going to look at the reduce() function, which allows us to boil down multiple values to a single value as a way of summing up or summarizing a sequence.

Adding haptics

18:42

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Adding haptics

UPDATED: In this article I’m going to walk you through adding haptics to your app, to make it feel a little more alive in the user’s hand.

Getting to a great visionOS experience

1:53:56

EVENTS

Getting to a great visionOS experience

Welcome to Unwrap Live 2024! This is a full-day series of workshops helping you learn to build great apps for Apple Vision Pro. In this first part we'll explore what it takes to convert an app from iPadOS to visionOS!

iPadOS sidebars and labels

59:06

EVENTS

iPadOS sidebars and labels

We’re going to implement your sidebar knowledge in Journeys so you can see it in action, then move on to examine the new Label view in iOS 14.

What is the difference between the Float, Double, and CGFloat data types?

3:36

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

What is the difference between the Float, Double, and CGFloat data types?

This question is partly technical, partly about keeping up with Swift, and partly about application, and and I suggest you tackle it in that order.

Getting started with SwiftData

41:34

EVENTS

Getting started with SwiftData

To demonstrate the core features of SwiftData in a practical way, we're going to build an app called Gusto, which tracks restaurants you’ve visited and what you thought thought of them. This gives us plenty of room to explore designing data models, handling data migrations, and more.

When using arrays, what’s the difference between map() and compactMap()?

2:33

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

When using arrays, what’s the difference between map() and compactMap()?

This question is really trying to get a grip on your knowledge of functional programming, without getting into the murkier territory of functors, monads, and category theory.

Questions and answers, unused

46:09

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Questions and answers, unused

I’ve had a whole bunch more questions sent in from readers, covering Core Data, property wrappers, localization, and more, so let’s dive into them with some code examples.

BetterRest

6:57

SOLUTIONS

BetterRest

This challenge asks you to adjust the BetterRest user interface to have sections, a picker, and an always-present bedtime calculation. Let’s tackle it now…

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.

Habit tracking

25:14

SOLUTIONS

Habit tracking

This challenge asks you to create a habit-tracking app, optionally with Codable support and completion count. Let’s tackle it now…

SwiftData

23:25

SOLUTIONS

SwiftData

This challenge asks you to upgrade iExpense to use SwiftData, adding sorting and filtering at the same time. Let’s tackle it now…

Building with pure functions

24:27

FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING

Building with pure functions

If I were to boil functional programming down to just two rules, the first one would be this: prefer to write pure functions as often as you can. What are pure functions, and why would you want them? Let’s start by exploring that in detail…

Ordered sets

22:31

DATA STRUCTURES

Ordered sets

Arrays and sets have their own advantages and disadvantages, but what if we could combine them both to make an ordered set? We can! And in this article that’s exactly what we’ll do.

Flash Math

1:38:26

LIVE STREAMS

Flash Math

In this stream we'll build an app I originally designed for my kids, to help them build confidence in mathematics. Along the way we'll meet a couple of great iOS 17 APIs, explore styling in SwiftUI, and more!

Can you explain MVVM, and how it might be used on Apple's platforms?

2:38

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Can you explain MVVM, and how it might be used on Apple's platforms?

As with so many good interview answers, you should aim to provide a succinct summary first, then expand on your answer with some specifics and examples, and finally get into more nuanced territory based on your real-world experiences.

Upgrading your SwiftUI

1:49:57

EVENTS

Upgrading your SwiftUI

In this article we’re going to build part of a SwiftUI app that helps users find designers for work. The goal here isn’t to build a full app, but instead to explore lesser-known SwiftUI features in a practical way.

Testing development data

8:27

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Testing development data

UPDATED: In previous tests we relied upon our sample data creating 5 tags and 50 issues, but that isn’t set in stone right now – it’s an implementation detail, meaning that it’s a behavior that happens to be the case but isn’t explicitly guaranteed. This is a common cause of bugs, so in this article we’re going to write tests for our development code!

Optimizing for macOS

45:35

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Optimizing for macOS

UPDATED: Now that our app is all built, let's take a look at optimizing it for macOS – tailoring our Swift code to make the most of the Mac platform, rather than just running in iPad compatibility mode.

 
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