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Swift’s optionals are implemented as simple enums, with just a little compiler magic sprinkled around as syntactic sugar. However, they do much more than people realize, and in this article I’m going to demonstrate some of their power features that can really help you write better code – and blow your mind along the way.
Before you dive in to the first article in this course, I want to give you a brief overview of our goals, how the content is structured, as well as a rough idea of what you can expect to find.
While I’m sure you’re keen to get started programming immediately, please give me a few minutes to outline the goals of this course and explain why it’s different from other courses I’ve written.
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.
SwiftUI gives us a modifier to make simple shadows, but if you want something more advanced such as inner shadows or glows, you need to do extra work. In this article I’ll show you how to get both those effects and more in a customizable, flexible way.
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.
Generics are one of the most powerful features of Swift, allowing us to write code once and reuse it in many ways. In this article we’ll explore how they work, why adding constraints actually helps us write more code, and how generics help solve one of the biggest problems 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.
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.
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.
It is my firm belief that every iOS app should be usable to everyone, and putting in the work to make your app function well no matter who is using it says a lot about the kind of developer you are.
It’s not hard to make a basic property wrapper, but if you want one that automatically updates the
body property like
@State you need to do some extra work. In this article I’ll show you exactly how it’s done, as we build a property wrapper capable of reading and writing documents from our app’s container.
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.
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.
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.
At last it’s time to start writing tests for our project, which means a little bit of setup work backed by writing our first couple of tests – we’ll take this slow initially, but lay down a good foundation for future tests.
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!
In previous tests we relied upon our sample data creating 5 projects and 50 items, but that isn’t set in stone right now – it’s an implementation detail, meaning that it’s a behavior that happens to be the case but isn’t explicitly guaranteed. This is a common cause of bugs, so in this article we’re going to write tests for our development code, and along the way discover and resolve some interesting quirks…
Reading device motion and orientation is a fast and slightly magical way to incorporate the real world into your apps, and can do a huge amount to add a little spark of delight to your UI. In this article I’m going to show you how easy it is to control SwiftUI layouts using the accelerometer, and give you a few ideas for special effects.
Good documentation describes not only what code does, but provides context on why it works a certain way, what assumptions you made, any optimizations you made, as well as describing subtleties in the implementation if you’re dealing with difficult code. In this article we’re going to be documenting our project for other developers and beyond!
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