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This challenge asks you to upgrade the form validation, add a user-facing error, then switch our data model over to be a struct rather than a class. But rather than just leave it there, I’m going to sneak in a little bonus about Swift keypaths – let’s tackle it now…
iOS 15 introduced a great many customization points to give us more control over list rows, text rendering, keyboard focus, and more, and these are all covered here.
Now that we have covered all the changes in Swift concurrency, we can start to look at the changes in SwiftUI, starting with
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.
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.
This is particularly important in the world of Apple development because all their major operating systems change every year, Swift sees significant changes two or three times a year, and new devices are shipping regularly.
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.
Apple’s Voice Memos app is great, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to search your recordings? With the Speech framework we can do just that, and with SwiftUI we can add on a simple UI without much work.
A great answer should introduce property wrappers, then explain what
@Published does, give some examples, compare it against
@State, then bring in any extra real-world knowledge you can add around nuances or complexities.
We already looked at how to fetch decodable data using Combine, and also how to fetch and merge multiple sources of data. In this article we’ll tackle something even more complex: creating chained network requests, where the information retrieved from one request must be used to create multiple other requests.
In this article we’re going to look at how easy it is to rebuild the iOS lock screen. Yes, this isn’t hard, but along the way I think you’ll pick up a few cool SwiftUI tricks, including better date formatting, haptic buttons, and more.
String interpolation is easy, right? Wrong! String interpolation is actually a huge power feature in Swift, and we have a massive array of functionality on hand to help us customize it. In this article I’ll show you just how much control we have, and how to use that control to make your code easier to read.
This is another one of my favorite questions to ask folks, because it’s a subtle way to gauge a number of things at the same time without sounding aggressive – after all, it’s Apple’s bugs we’re talking about, rather than the interviewee’s!
At this point our main list view is almost done, but before we’re finished we’re going to add some icons, make landscape mode work better, and even fix a rather nasty deletion bug.
We’re going to look at integrating MapKit into SwiftUI, but first I want you to try integrating your new knowledge of lazy stacks into a real iOS app.
Large parts of Apple’s Weather app is about bringing little sparks of joy to an otherwise very serious, fact-driven experience, but none more so than the random little meteors that fly by on starry nights. They move so fast so you might be tempted to skip over them, but I think it’s definitely worth exploring and having some fun with!
Now that you’ve had a taste of how async/await code looks, let’s break down what we just saw and examine how asynchronous functions work behind the scenes, and how we can move over to
async let with surprising ease.
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.
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.
Although Apple has done a great deal of work to bring these two powerhouse frameworks closer together, they still fundamentally work in entirely different ways, and providing a good comparison might take more thought than you expect.
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