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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.
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.
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.
If you watch a flock of birds you’ll see it exhibits all sorts of complex behaviors as they swarm around in the air – they often stay together but not too close, they move in the same direction but also seem to change direction at the same time. In this article we will create flocking behavior in SwiftUI, using Craig Reynolds’ classic boids algorithm.
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.
Now that we have our basic data model configured and coded, we can put it to use by building a simple user interface to help make sure our data is in place and working correctly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 we’re going to look at how easy it is to rebuild the iOS lock screen. Yes, this isn’t hard, but along the way I think you’ll pick up a few cool SwiftUI tricks, including better date formatting, haptic buttons, and more.
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.
Working with dates in software is hard, and if you don’t understand why then think about time zones, think about leap years, or think about how it’s the year 2563 in the Thai calendar. Apple gives us many tools for making them easier but they can be hard to discover, so in this article I’m going to try to provide some clear guidance for what to use and when.
If you want your app to work well on larger devices, you need to support both a sidebar and a tab bar for your primary navigation. In this video I’ll show you how to build one simple SwiftUI component that transitions between both smoothly.
Button view is actually capable of doing remarkable things if you take the time to customize it. In this video I’ll be walking you through the
ButtonStyle protocol, showing you how we can use it to make great-looking and reusable button effects.
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.
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