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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.
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.
Before you dive in to the first article in this course, I want to give you a brief overview of our goals, how the content is structured, as well as a rough idea of what you can expect to find.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re going to look at integrating MapKit into SwiftUI, but first I want you to try integrating your new knowledge of lazy stacks into a real iOS app.
In this part we’re going to start by looking at storing app information in
UserDefaults, then move on to showing progress with
ProgressView, and finally loading and saving documents.
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.
Now that item editing works well, we can add a screen to edit projects. But before we can even think about that we need to add a custom section header to let users select a project to edit.
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!
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.
Our app relies extensively on user data, so if there’s one part of it that absolutely must be bullet proof it’s our Core Data stack. In this article we’ll explore writing tests for our data, including projects, items, and awards.
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