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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.

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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.

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Above and beyond all the amazing tutorials written for Hacking with Swift+ subscribers, you'll also receive exclusive subscriber-only thank you gifts every year – it's the least I can do to show how grateful I am that you're supporting my work.

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When you subscribe to Hacking with Swift+ you get immediate access to all the videos from Hacking with Swift Live 2020 – that's four full days of videos and accompanying articles walking you through techniques in SwiftUI, UIKit, widget development, and more!

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+.

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


Core Data delete rules and predicates

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ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Core Data delete rules and predicates

One of the least obvious but most important clean ups lies in our use of Core Data, because right now we’re leaking data and also showing flat out wrong data. To fix these we need to use some more advanced Core Data, so let’s get into it…

Adding a section header

14:02

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Adding a section header

Now that item editing works well, we can add a screen to edit projects. But before we can even think about that we need to add a custom section header to let users select a project to edit.

Advanced string interpolation, part two

19:32

ADVANCED SWIFT

Advanced string interpolation, part two

In part one of this tutorial we looked at how to customize string interpolations on a type-by-type basis, giving you more control over how your code works. In this second part we’ll look at a second powerful use for interpolation: building whole types from scratch.

UIKit updates: UICollectionView lists

1:26:39

HACKING WITH SWIFT LIVE 2020

UIKit updates: UICollectionView lists

In this part we’re going to build an app to explore SF Symbols, all built using the massive new updates to UICollectionView that let it act like a table view.

Questions and answers, part 2

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ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Questions and answers, part 2

I’ve had a whole bunch more questions sent in from readers, covering Core Data, property wrappers, localization, and more, so let’s dive into them with some code examples.

Adding Sign in with Apple

31:23

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Adding Sign in with Apple

We’re attaching an owner name to projects, but right now it’s always hard-coded to “TwoStraws”. In this step we’re going to fix that using Sign in with Apple, which authenticates users securely. This needs to be done carefully, but the end result is really nice as you’ll see!

Advanced button customization using ButtonStyle

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INTERMEDIATE SWIFTUI

Advanced button customization using ButtonStyle

Previously we looked at how to create basic button styles that unify your app’s styling efficiently. In this follow-on article we’re going to explore three completely different button styles that show off just what SwiftUI is capable of: glossy marble buttons, classic fantasy buttons, and sci-fi buttons.

Storing data in iCloud

31:23

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

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.

Adding haptics

19:31

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

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.

UI Testing with SwiftUI

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ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

UI Testing with SwiftUI

Even after writing stacks of unit tests, chances are your test coverage is still well below 40%. Those units tests are really important, but if you really want great test coverage you need to add some UI tests and that’s exactly what we’re going to work on here.

Binary trees

33:11

DATA STRUCTURES

Binary trees

We already looked at trees, where each node can have zero or more children, and now I want to look at a specialized version called binary trees, where each node has zero, one, or two children. In particular we’re looking to look at how these lead to binary search trees and the remarkable performance advantages they can bring.

Stacks

24:20

DATA STRUCTURES

Stacks

There are many data structures in computing, but stacks are one of the most fundamental – they get used in so many places, often without us even realizing. Helpfully, they are also one of the easiest types to learn, which makes them a great starting point for this new series on data structures.

Now for the real work…

04:26

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

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!

Creating the Home view

35:49

ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Creating the Home view

So far our home view has simply been a host for adding test data, but that changes now: we’re going to make the home view a summary of all their project progress, plus the most important items coming up next.

Understanding generics – part 2

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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.

A* path finding

31:54

ALGORITHMS

A* path finding

The A* algorithm for path finding is not the perfect way to find an optimal route between two nodes in a graph, but it is either the best or darned close most of the time and that makes it a fantastic one to learn for both games and apps alike.

From UICollectionView to UIAction

1:05:06

HACKING WITH SWIFT LIVE 2020

From UICollectionView to UIAction

In this part we’re going to wrap up our look at the new UICollectionView features, then move on to exploring the new UIAction and menu systems for buttons and more.

Offering in-app purchases, part 2

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ULTIMATE PORTFOLIO APP

Offering in-app purchases, part 2

Previously we added all the back-end work to make in-app purchases possible in our app. In this article we’re going to continue that work by implementing the user interface for our store, limiting the app itself, and also asking for user reviews.

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.

Using dates safely and effectively

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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.

 
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