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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.
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.
Type erasure helps us solve difficult type system problems by purposefully discarding some information. In this article we’ll look at what the underlying problem is and how Swift solves it, and in the second part we’ll continue on to look at how we can build type erasure ourselves.
There are several times when you might want to flip between a
VStack, but one useful option is to look at the Dynamic Type size. Apple uses this itself to switch list rows to a vertical layout when using larger fonts, and in this tutorial I’ll show you how it’s done.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes pressing a button needs to present more buttons, and although you can use an action sheet for this it’s not ideal because it appears in a different location. In this article I’ll show you how to build a radial menu, which solves the problem by presenting a ring of buttons close to the user’s touch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pie charts are a classic way of showing divided data visually, and they represent interesting challenges around sizing and angles. In this article we’ll build a complete pie chart view from scratch using SwiftUI, ensuring it works using animation, and also modify it to support donut-style charts too.
Most of the time the built-in iOS controls are great, but sometimes you want something just a little different. In this article I’m going to walk you through how you can take complete control over the way toggle switches work in SwiftUI, providing custom rendering and interactions.
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.
Many coding problems are designed to perform the same operation on lots of data, and in fact they are so common Apple has a whole framework to make it better: Accelerate. In this video I’ll give you an introduction to Accelerate using practical examples so you can see just how easy it is.
In the first part of this tutorial we looked at the underlying problem that type erasure is trying to solve, and tried out Swift’s approach using
AnySequence. In this second part we’re going to adapt Swift’s own solution to get real type erasure for our own code.
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