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This challenge asks you to make decorative decorations, make the rows in iExpense read more smoothly with VoiceOver, then conduct your own review of Moonshot and fix it up. Let’s tackle it now…

Existentials and type erasure – part 1



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.

Posting comments through CloudKit



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.

Removing optionals from your code



Removing optionals from your code

Optionals are one of Swift’s most powerful features, letting us write code that is guaranteed to be safe as long as we check and unwrap them carefully. However, more often than not I prefer to avoid optionals as often as possible, and in this article I’ll outline some approaches for doing so.

Integrating with Spotlight



Integrating with Spotlight

In this article we’re going to make Spotlight store our app’s data, meaning that the user can search for items right from their iOS Home Screen. If you intend to follow the Widget or shortcut sections of this course later on, you should follow this article first.

Creating a FilteringList to filter a list using text input



Creating a FilteringList to filter a list using text input

Many apps show lots of data in a list, and allow users to filter that list by typing in a text view. In this article we’re going to build that in SwiftUI, then pull it out into a reusable component you can apply anywhere.

Sorted arrays



Sorted arrays

A sorted array is one that retains a correct sort order no matter how and when you add items. Although this sounds simple enough to implement, in this article you’ll see that it’s actually quite fun to explore because there are a number of interesting challenges we’ll face.

Storing data in iCloud



Storing data in iCloud

Now that our project is all ready for expansion, our first step will be to let users upload projects to iCloud so later on other users can view them and even comment on them. We’ll approach this in a simple way at first, but we’ll come back for improvements later.

Questions and answers, part 3



Questions and answers, part 3

I’ve had a whole bunch more questions sent in from readers, covering testing, haptics, Spotlight, and more, so let’s dive into them with code examples.

Adding haptics



Adding haptics

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.

Testing extensions



Testing extensions

Our project has three extensions that add functionality to Apple’s own code, and we need to treat these carefully – we don’t own them, so their behavior might change at any point in the future. So, in this article we’re going to write tests for the extensions we created, making sure they work correctly every time.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of SwiftUI compared to UIKit?



What are the advantages and disadvantages of SwiftUI compared to UIKit?

This is another example of a question where exclusively picking one over the other makes you look inexperienced – software development is often fuzzy, and acknowledging that complexity is a mark of experience rather than a weakness.

How can an observable object announce changes to SwiftUI?



How can an observable object announce changes to SwiftUI?

Getting observable objects right is one of the keys to having a smooth experience with SwiftUI, but getting them wrong is a sure-fire recipe for massive performance problems no matter what platform you’re writing for.

Now for the real work…



Now for the real work…

Everything we’ve done so far has produced a serviceable app, although it does have a few bugs that we’ll address later. But before we address those, I want to change gear and focus on making our existing code better. This is where the real work begins!

High Rollers



High Rollers

This challenge asks you build an app that simulates random dice rolls on behalf the user, adding haptic feedback to bring it to life, and permanent storage for later reference. Let’s tackle it now…

Codable networking with Combine



Codable networking with Combine

So much of our job is about downloading JSON data, decoding it using Codable, then presenting it – it’s a core skill. But it’s common to see folks rely on huge libraries such as Alamofire, or get mixed up with URLSession. So, in this article we’ll look at how to rewrite common networking code using Combine, then add some generics to make it truly flexible.

What is the difference between weak and unowned?



What is the difference between weak and unowned?

Broken record alert: explain the fundamental technical difference between the two, try to provide an opinion on which you think works better, then provide some kinds of examples of where each might work well.

Cleaning up CloudKit, part 2



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!

Performance: the art of doing as little as possible



Performance: the art of doing as little as possible

If you ever wondered why we write func and var rather than function and variable, it’s simple: programmers love being lazy! In this article we’re going to look at a handful of ways to make your projects faster by doing as little work as possible, just the way I like it…

Ping Pong



Ping Pong

How can you be first in line when a website announces important changes? Simple: make your computer watch for changes automatically! In this article we’ll build a macOS app that can watch an arbitrary list of URLs for changes, and will notify us when something changes…

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