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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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All articles come with 4K Ultra HD video showing the techniques, with live commentary from me so you can understand exactly how something works.

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All articles also come as text as well as video so you can read if you prefer, plus copy any code you want to try, and even challenges to help you take your learning further.

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All HWS+ articles are available only for subscribers, on topics such as advanced Swift, building custom SwiftUI components, high-performance apps, and more.

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HWS+ was launched June 1st, and many all-new articles plus accompanying videos have already been posted since then.

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.

Courses available now

  • Advanced Swift will focus on improving your core Swift language skills, regardless of whether you use UIKit, SwiftUI, or something else.
  • 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.

Each of those courses have had their initial videos published, but many more will continue to come.

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…


How to use phantom types in Swift

24:11

ADVANCED SWIFT

FREE: How to use phantom types in Swift

Phantom types are a powerful way to give the Swift compiler extra information about our code so that it can stop us from making mistakes. In this article I’m going to explain how they work and why you’d want them, as well as providing lots of hands-on examples you can try.

Trees

31:55

DATA STRUCTURES

FREE: Trees

Trees are an extraordinarily simple, extraordinarily useful data type, and in this article we’ll make a complete tree data type using Swift in just a few minutes. But rather than just stop there, we’re going to do something quite beautiful that I hope will blow your mind while teaching you something useful.

Using memoization to speed up slow functions

36:18

HIGH-PERFORMANCE APPS

FREE: Using memoization to speed up slow functions

In this article you’ll learn how memoization can dramatically boost the performance of slow functions, and how easy Swift makes it thanks to its generics and closures.

Creating a WaveView to draw smooth waveforms

32:08

CUSTOM SWIFTUI COMPONENTS

FREE: Creating a WaveView to draw smooth waveforms

In this article I’m going to walk you through building a WaveView with SwiftUI, allowing us to create beautiful waveform-like effects to bring your user interface to life.

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.

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.

High-speed computation using Accelerate

36:34

HIGH-PERFORMANCE APPS

High-speed computation using Accelerate

Many coding problems are designed to perform the same operation on lots of data, and in fact they are so common Apple has a whole framework to make it better: Accelerate. In this video I’ll give you an introduction to Accelerate using practical examples so you can see just how easy it is.

Creating completely custom buttons using PrimitiveButtonStyle

19:21

INTERMEDIATE SWIFTUI

Creating completely custom buttons using PrimitiveButtonStyle

SwiftUI’s ButtonStyle lets us focus on how our buttons look, but not how they work, which in many situations is valuable. In this article we’ll look at a more advanced protocol, PrimitiveButtonStyle, and see how that gives us complete control over button functionality.

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.

Creating chained network requests with Combine

18:36

NETWORKING

Creating chained network requests with Combine

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.

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.

Creating a particle system in SwiftUI

56:53

SWIFTUI SPECIAL EFFECTS

Creating a particle system in SwiftUI

Particle systems let us create special effects such as confetti, fire, smoke, rain, and snow, all by adjusting a range of inputs. In this article we’re going to build our own particle system entirely driven by SwiftUI, so you can easily add some sparkle to your apps.

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.

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.

Identifying performance hot spots with Time Profiler

28:56

HIGH-PERFORMANCE APPS

Identifying performance hot spots with Time Profiler

Instruments gives us a range of tools for finding performance problems, and in this article we’ll be looking at how the Time Profiler instrument can point out problems in seconds.

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.

User-friendly network access

14:26

NETWORKING

User-friendly network access

Anyone can write Swift code to fetch network data, but much harder is knowing how to write code to do it respectfully. In this article we’ll look at building a considerate network stack, taking into account the user’s connection, preferences, and more.

Creating a StretchingHeader that sticks to the top of a view

18:35

CUSTOM SWIFTUI COMPONENTS

Creating a StretchingHeader that sticks to the top of a view

When users scroll beyond the top of a scroll view the default behavior is to show some empty space, but many apps prefer to show a stretchy header area instead. In this article I’ll show you how to build that SwiftUI, making an image that stays fixed to the top no matter what.

The pros and cons of operator overloading

23:37

ADVANCED SWIFT

The pros and cons of operator overloading

I’ve written about operator overloading previously, not least in my book Pro Swift, but in the article I want to go into more depth on the places where it’s really useful – and the places where it’s not such a good idea.

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.

FAQ


How much does it cost?

Hacking with Swift+ costs $20 a month, paid monthly. 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.

Why is there no yearly subscription term?

At this time Hacking with Swift+ is only available as a monthly term, because it makes it easier to launch. In the future we might add an annual subscription option, and you'll be able to switch over to it.

How often are you releasing new videos?

Everything starts from zero, and Hacking with Swift+ is no different. But I'm keen to get off zero as fast as possible, which means publishing a lot of new tutorials in these early days. The pace will slow a little once the back catalog is bigger, but there will still be many new tutorials every month.

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.

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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