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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is my firm belief that every iOS app should be usable to everyone, and putting in the work to make your app function well no matter who is using it says a lot about the kind of developer you are.
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.
At this point you can get a basic idea for the UI of our app, but it has a fatal flaw: although we can add test data, we can’t do the same for user data. Let’s fix that now – there’s more to it than you might think!
Although our project doesn’t do anything particularly performance intensive, having a great portfolio app means you should at least attempt to demonstrate you understand how performance tests work. In this chapter we’ll add just such a test to our project, to make sure our award counting work is fast.
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.
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.
If you have nice, clean JSON then using Swift and
Codable is like a dream come true. But what if you have messy JSON, or JSON where you really don’t know what you’ll receive ahead of time? In this article I’ll show you how to handle any kind of JSON in an elegant way, without relying on third-party libraries.
For our last topic, we’re going to explore widgets. iOS has had widget-like behavior for some time through its Today extensions, but in iOS 14 they gained a lot more functionality.
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.
Arrays and sets have their own advantages and disadvantages, but what if we could combine them both to make an ordered set? We can! And in this article that’s exactly what we’ll do.
Now you understand how widgets work, I want to give you a fun and simple task to experiment with. There’s no example solution here because this is just a sandbox for your ideas, but we’ll end up with a fun quiz to test what you learned.
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