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Hacking with Swift+ is a subscription service that delivers incredible, hands-on Swift tutorials as both video and article, so you can deepen your understanding of Swift, SwiftUI, UIKit, and more, and take your career to the next level.

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Take your Swift skills further


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.

Looking for sample videos?

Here are some free sample tutorials from Hacking with Swift+ – you can play the videos right here, or click their title to read the article instead. You can also browse through all videos here.

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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.

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


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.

Creating an AccessibleStack that flips stack axis based on Dynamic Type

11:12

CUSTOM SWIFTUI COMPONENTS

Creating an AccessibleStack that flips stack axis based on Dynamic Type

There are several times when you might want to flip between a HStack and VStack, but one useful option is to look at the Dynamic Type size. Apple uses this itself to switch list rows to a vertical layout when using larger fonts, and in this tutorial I’ll show you how it’s done.

Editing projects

19:02

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Editing projects

Editing projects is much like editing items, but because a good portfolio project should show off a range of skills we’re going to bring in grids, alerts, tap gestures, and more.

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.

Creating a FlipView to provide a card flip effect

14:11

CUSTOM SWIFTUI COMPONENTS

Creating a FlipView to provide a card flip effect

If you’re looking for a simple and fun special effect to add to your code, I’ve got just the thing for you. In this article I’m going to walk you through building a FlipView with SwiftUI, which will encapsulate how to move between a front view and a back view using a 3D flip animation.

Storing tab selection

12:41

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Storing tab selection

Although apps can live in the background for quite a while, eventually they will be terminated. But when a user relaunches them, it’s a good idea to bring them roughly back to where they were, and with state restoration we can do just that.

Rendering a pie chart

25:37

RENDERING CHARTS IN SWIFTUI

Rendering a pie chart

Pie charts are a classic way of showing divided data visually, and they represent interesting challenges around sizing and angles. In this article we’ll build a complete pie chart view from scratch using SwiftUI, ensuring it works using animation, and also modify it to support donut-style charts too.

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.

Customizing ProgressView using ProgressViewStyle

15:06

INTERMEDIATE SWIFTUI

Customizing ProgressView using ProgressViewStyle

SwiftUI’s ProgressView gives us control over showing determinate or indeterminate progress, but it’s a bit dull – just a thin line and an activity spinner. Fortunately, we also get the ProgressViewStyle protocol so we can build entirely custom progress views, and in this article I’ll show you how it’s done.

Uploading Codable data

27:13

NETWORKING

Uploading Codable data

In a previous article we already looked at a great way to download data using Combine, but in this article we’re going to examine the other side of the problem: uploading Codable data. Apple’s API here is a little gnarly, so I’m going to show you how to wrap it in a neat container using generics and Result.

Questions and answers, part 1

24:31

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Questions and answers, part 1

As folks have worked their way through the series so far, they’ve sent in various questions about implementation choices and more. In this article I want to address the eight most common questions asked so far, so that everyone can benefit.

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.

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.

Customizing Label using LabelStyle

17:02

INTERMEDIATE SWIFTUI

Customizing Label using LabelStyle

Labels are one of the simplest views in SwiftUI, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to explore. In this video I’ll walk you through how to build custom label styles, including adding animation effects triggered by hovering with the iOS trackpad.

Queues and deques

28:18

DATA STRUCTURES

Queues and deques

Now that we’ve covered stacks and linked lists, queues and deques ought to be easier. In this article we’ll build both data structures in just a few lines of Swift, then explore interesting additions such as contains().

First steps in UI

18:01

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

First steps in UI

Now that we have our basic data model configured and coded, we can put it to use by building a simple user interface to help make sure our data is in place and working correctly.

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.

Storing preferences efficiently

32:42

MAKING THE MOST OF FOUNDATION

Storing preferences efficiently

Apple’s UserDefaults system lets us store small amounts of user data for our app, which might sound simple but it’s deceptively powerful. In this article I’ll show you the correct way to create initial preferences, how to share preferences across applications, how to synchronize data with iCloud, and why this is a case where property wrappers probably aren’t a good solution.

Sorted arrays

15:34

DATA STRUCTURES

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.

Reading awards JSON

34:37

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Reading awards JSON

Parsing data into your app is the single most common task any iOS developer needs to do, so in this article we’ll start to build out an Awards tab using JSON.

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?

No; the articles produced for Hacking with Swift+ are all new and exclusive to subscribers. The books are separate products and will carry on receiving updates.

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+.

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