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HWS+ was launched June 1st, and many all-new articles plus accompanying videos have already been posted since then including my incredible new Ultimate Portfolio App series.

But it doesn't stop there. We'll keeping adding videos to the courses, and keep adding new courses, to build this up into the ultimate toolkit for advancing your Swift knowledge – just take a look at these sample videos and you'll immediately see how much depth we get into.

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  • The Ultimate Portfolio App walks you through the process of building one app that implements best practices for architecture, accessibility, testing, documentation, and more, while also working across iOS, macOS, tvOS, and even watchOS.
  • Advanced Swift will focus on improving your core Swift language skills, regardless of whether you use UIKit, SwiftUI, or something else.
  • Algorithms helps you understand common algorithms in computer science, all implemented and explained step by step in Swift.
  • Custom SwiftUI Components will walk you through building a wide variety of reusable UI components using SwiftUI.
  • Data Structures teaches you how to build stacks, lists, trees and more, while working with a variety of common Swift protocols.
  • High-performance Apps will teach you techniques for writing faster code, rendering faster views, and more, so you can make best use of your user's device.
  • Intermediate Swift is designed to help push your skills further, giving in-depth explanations for generics, optionals, assertions, and more.
  • Intermediate SwiftUI is packed with tips and tricks to help you write better SwiftUI code, including customizing common controls with styles, handling size classes better, and working with dynamic properties.
  • Making the most of Foundation will go 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.
  • Remaking Apps walks you through building copies of well-known apps from iOS using SwiftUI, showing you how easy it is to get powerful effects with very little code.
  • Rendering Charts in SwiftUI shows you how SwiftUI can be used to build complete types of charts from scratch, including pie charts, bar charts, and more.
  • SwiftUI Special Effects will teach you how to add some surprise and delight to your user interface using particles, Core Motion, and more.
  • Working with Data helps you get to grips with data input, such as creating a custom XML parser, or handling complex or messy JSON.

And more courses are on the way: debugging, testing, and of course lots more SwiftUI – I have an epic collection of tutorials coming, and I can’t wait to share them all with you.

Your Hacking with Swift+ membership gets you every subscriber-only article and video published now and in the future.

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FAQ


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

Hacking with Swift+ focuses firmly on two things:

  1. Giving you the depth you need to get a strong grasp of each topic. Where other sites make hundreds of three or four minute videos that touch lightly on each subject, we prefer to go into much more detail – 20 or 30 minutes, and often longer – so you get to understand why things work as well as how.
  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 paid monthly, or for $200 you can get a yearly subscription and get two months free every year. 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.

What's the difference between Monthly and Yearly subscriptions?

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.

Both tiers get access to exactly the same high-quality videos, articles, and source code. The only difference is that with the Yearly tier you save $40 every year, making it better value for money.

How much content is there right now?

Right now you get about 40 hours of videos plus all the accompanying articles and source code. This is growing extremely quickly as new tutorials are written and recorded. All tutorials always come as both text and 4K Ultra HD video, so you can learn in whichever way is easiest for you.

Is it suitable for absolute beginners?

No. 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. Hacking with Swift+ focuses on intermediate to advanced Swift techniques and tutorials, so unless you enjoy having a steep learning curve it's best that beginners start elsewhere.

Are there exercises?

Yes! All 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.

Why do I need a Hacking with Swift account?

Your Hacking with Swift account links your Gumroad purchase to this site, so we can unlock your subscription. This account also allows you to post to the forums if you want to.

Does this give me all your books?

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Can I switch from a Monthly to Yearly subscription?

The best thing to do is wait until the day before your monthly subscription ends, then cancel and resubscribe with a yearly subscription.

How can I cancel my subscription?

If at any point you want to cancel your Hacking with Swift+ subscription, you can do so directly through your Gumroad account. Your access to the subscriber-only content will remain active until your subscription term ends, at which point it will cease.

Will there be sales tax or VAT added to the price?

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…


The ultimate Box type

13:45

INTERMEDIATE SWIFT

The ultimate Box type

Boxing allows us to wrap up a struct in a class, to make it easy to share in several places. I’ve touched on boxing briefly previously, but here I want to take the concept much further to add useful protocol conformances that really powerful up its usefulness.

Codable networking with Combine

16:18

NETWORKING

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.

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.

Basic button customization using ButtonStyle

29:23

INTERMEDIATE SWIFTUI

Basic button customization using ButtonStyle

SwiftUI’s humble Button view is actually capable of doing remarkable things if you take the time to customize it. In this video I’ll be walking you through the ButtonStyle protocol, showing you how we can use it to make great-looking and reusable button effects.

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.

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.

Merging multiple requests with Combine

22:27

NETWORKING

Merging multiple requests with Combine

In a previous article I showed you a smart, simple and safe way of fetching data from the internet using Combine. This article I want to look at how to handle multiple network requests safely, ensuring that both complete before you update your user interface.

Removing optionals from your code

31:24

INTERMEDIATE SWIFT

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.

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.

Using dates safely and effectively

18:36

MAKING THE MOST OF FOUNDATION

Using dates safely and effectively

Working with dates in software is hard, and if you don’t understand why then think about time zones, think about leap years, or think about how it’s the year 2563 in the Thai calendar. Apple gives us many tools for making them easier but they can be hard to discover, so in this article I’m going to try to provide some clear guidance for what to use and when.

Existentials and type erasure – part 2

41:03

ADVANCED SWIFT

Existentials and type erasure – part 2

In the first part of this tutorial we looked at the underlying problem that type erasure is trying to solve, and tried out Swift’s approach using AnySequence. In this second part we’re going to adapt Swift’s own solution to get real type erasure for our own code.

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!

Creating a RemoteImage to load images from the web

14:46

CUSTOM SWIFTUI COMPONENTS

Creating a RemoteImage to load images from the web

Just like UIKit before it, SwiftUI doesn’t come with built-in support for loading remote images, which makes it hard to get data from the internet. In this article I’ll show you how you can build a custom view that can fetch image from the internet, while also showing other images for different states.

Custom sorting for items

56:13

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Custom sorting for items

Our default sort for project items works well enough, but with a little extra work we can let users choose how to sort them. In this article I’m going to walk you through several different ways of approaching this problem, some that I think work well, and others not so much…

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.

Flood fill path finding

30:31

ALGORITHMS

Flood fill path finding

The flood fill approach to path finding is one of the easiest to learn, works great in games with small maps, and is also commonly used in software – filling a picture with color, for example. In this article I’ll walk you through how the algorithm works, and help you build a visual representation of it in action.

Rendering a bar chart

24:57

RENDERING CHARTS IN SWIFTUI

Rendering a bar chart

Bar charts are one of the simplest and most common ways of representing data visually, and are often taught to kids at a young age. In this article I’ll show you how easy it is to render bar charts in SwiftUI, and show you various customization options to bring those charts to life.

Creating a LongPressButton to trigger after delay

16:02

CUSTOM SWIFTUI COMPONENTS

Creating a LongPressButton to trigger after delay

In this article I’m going to walk you through building a LongPressButton with SwiftUI, which will requires users to press and hold for a second before it’s triggered.

Flocking with boids

1:01:16

ALGORITHMS

Flocking with boids

If you watch a flock of birds you’ll see it exhibits all sorts of complex behaviors as they swarm around in the air – they often stay together but not too close, they move in the same direction but also seem to change direction at the same time. In this article we will create flocking behavior in SwiftUI, using Craig Reynolds’ classic boids algorithm.

Parsing XML the easy way

16:43

WORKING WITH DATA

Parsing XML the easy way

Although we mostly prefer JSON for data transfer, many major languages make it easy to parse and traverse XML documents. Swift does not, but that’s something we can fix in under a 100 lines of code by writing our own implementation of MiniDOM – Python’s lightweight implementation of the document object model.

 
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