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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 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.
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.
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.
Instruments is a powerful tool for identifying performance problems, but in this article I’ll show you how to find code that slows down rendering in your app, causing slow scrolling, wasted CPU time, and more – all through the simulator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Optionals are one of Swift’s most powerful features, letting us write code that is guaranteed to be safe as long as we check and unwrap them carefully. However, more often than not I prefer to avoid optionals as often as possible, and in this article I’ll outline some approaches for doing so.
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
If there’s one data structure they just love teaching you at school, it’s linked lists. In this article we’re going to look at why linked lists are so appealing, walk through how to build a linked list with Swift, and look at an alternative approach using enums.
I already introduced how the internals of optionals work, including how they use conditional conformance and how to avoid infinitely sized structs. In this video I’m going to go further as we look at how our knowledge of
Optional can be translated to
Result, why it’s so important that optionals are functors and monads, and more.
ButtonStyle protocol is a great way to reuse designs across your app, to get a consistent look and feel everywhere. But they have one significant problem with animations, and in this article I’ll show you that problem in action, then walk you through how to fix it in a flexible way.
Assertions allow us to have Swift silently check the state of our program at runtime, but if you want to get them right you need to understand some intricacies. In this article I’ll walk you through the five ways we can make assertions in Swift, and provide clear advice on which to use and when.
When it comes to learning operator overloading, there is one operator that Swift lacks, that many other languages have, and is genuinely useful. In this article I’ll show you how to build the spaceship operator in Swift – it’s surprisingly easy, and useful too.
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.
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.
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