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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Core Data’s optionals are quite different from Swift’s optionals, which makes them a little uncomfortable to work with. In this article I’m going to show you two ways of fixing this, which will help clear up our code nicely.
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.
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.
Although we mostly prefer JSON for data transfer, many major languages make it easy to parse and traverse XML documents. Swift does not, but that’s something we can fix in under a 100 lines of code by writing our own implementation of MiniDOM – Python’s lightweight implementation of the document object model.
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.
Opaque return types are a powerful feature in Swift, and are also critically important for writing SwiftUI. In this article I’ll be explaining how they work, and why they give us more power than returning a simple protocol.
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.
Editing projects is much like editing items, but because a good portfolio project should show off a range of skills we’re going to bring in grids, alerts, tap gestures, and more.
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.
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