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Offering in-app purchases, part 2

46:07

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Offering in-app purchases, part 2

UPDATED: Previously we added all the grunt work to make in-app purchases possible in our app. In this article we’re going to continue that work by polishing the whole experience, checking the whole flow works, and also asking for user reviews.

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.

Transforming data with compactMap()

22:14

FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING

Transforming data with compactMap()

In this article we’re going to look at the compactMap() function, which is a more advanced form of map() that adds an important second step to handle optional results. Please make sure you’ve already gone through my tutorial on map() before continuing here!

Expanding lists and iPad sidebars

1:21:46

EVENTS

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.

Focus on macros

1:06:28

EVENTS

Focus on macros

Macros are one of the most powerful features in Swift 5.9, and to demonstrate this we’re going to create one macro together. It will give you just enough of a taste of how it’s done that you can understand what they do, and also know enough to explore more if you want to.

Existentials and type erasure – part 1

17:14

ADVANCED SWIFT

Existentials and type erasure – part 1

Type erasure helps us solve difficult type system problems by purposefully discarding some information. In this article we’ll look at what the underlying problem is and how Swift solves it, and in the second part we’ll continue on to look at how we can build type erasure ourselves.

From labels to matching animations

1:31:57

EVENTS

From labels to matching animations

In this part we’ll work through another task to help you try out labels in Journeys, then move on to explore scaled metrics and the beginnings of matched geometry effects.

What is UserDefaults good for? What is UserDefaults not good for?

2:17

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

What is UserDefaults good for? What is UserDefaults not good for?

UserDefaults is the simplest way of storing user data, which makes it appealing for beginners, but also useful for even experienced developers who need a sensible place to stash away user preferences. However, it has downsides, and it’s important you’re familiar with them if you want to answer this question well.

Adding a Quick Action to our icon

21:21

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Adding a Quick Action to our icon

UPDATED: Quick Actions let users long-press on our app’s icon on the Home Screen to show a list of actions they can perform immediately. In this article we’re going to add a quick action to create a new issue in one step – it’s more work than you might think!

Drawing

16:27

SOLUTIONS

Drawing

This challenge asks you to add create a custom arrow shape, make it animatable, then create a color cycling rectangle with controls for gradient angle. Let’s tackle it now…

How do you create your UI layouts – storyboards or in code?

2:06

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

How do you create your UI layouts – storyboards or in code?

Unless either you or your interviewer is deeply opinionated, this question is not about making you argue the case for one rather than the other, but instead to give you scope to discuss the relative pros and cons of each.

Upgrade your Mac

1:36:29

LIVE STREAMS

Upgrade your Mac

In this stream we're going to build a SwiftUI and SwiftData app that monitors how long Xcode takes to build your projects, then uses that to calculate how much time and money you would save by upgrading to a newer Mac.

Posting comments through CloudKit

23:21

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Posting comments through CloudKit

The last major piece of CloudKit work we’re going to add will let users post comments on shared projects – hopefully encouraging ones! This will combine querying and writing CloudKit data in a single part of our app, and also demonstrate how to write single records rather than several at once.

Remaking the Tips app

27:45

REMAKING APPS

Remaking the Tips app

In this article we’re going to look at how to rebuild the Tips app using SwiftUI, including how to make scrolling tabs of content, how to get a parallax scrolling effect, and more.

Cleaning up view code

37:32

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Cleaning up view code

UPDATED: Although our SwiftUI layouts conform to the View protocol, if you were to try to think about them in MVC terms I’d say they were more like controllers. And like controllers from UIKit, we need to put in some work to keep SwiftUI views lean – let’s look at this now…

Friendface, part 1

13:13

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…

Advanced tasks

1:30:48

EVENTS

Advanced tasks

One of the big advantages to tasks is that we can pause them, or cancel them outright if their work is longer needed. Even better, for bigger problems we can create whole groups of tasks to accomplish work together.

Understanding generics – part 2

30:48

INTERMEDIATE SWIFT

Understanding generics – part 2

In this second tutorial on generics, we’re going to explore creating several different generic types, look at extending generics, and look at how we can apply our generics knowledge to create property wrappers.

Guess the Flag

14:59

SOLUTIONS

Guess the Flag

This challenge asks you to add some important features to Guess the Flag, including a score tracker and a limited number of questions. Let’s solve those now, and tackle a bonus problem at the end just for fun…

Linked lists

29:22

DATA STRUCTURES

Linked lists

If there’s one data structure they just love teaching you at school, it’s linked lists. In this article we’re going to look at why linked lists are so appealing, walk through how to build a linked list with Swift, and look at an alternative approach using enums.

 
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