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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Line charts come in a couple of different forms, but they share the same goal of visualizing a change of value over time. In this article we’ll look at building a customizable line chart from scratch in SwiftUI.
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.
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.
In this article I’m going to walk you through building a
LongPressButton with SwiftUI, which will requires users to press and hold for a second before it’s triggered.
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.
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.
ProgressView gives us control over showing determinate or indeterminate progress, but it’s a bit dull – just a thin line and an activity spinner. Fortunately, we also get the
ProgressViewStyle protocol so we can build entirely custom progress views, and in this article I’ll show you how it’s done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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