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Wrap up

This was an epic tutorial: epic in length, epic in breadth, and I hope you'll agree epic in what we've accomplished. You've built another real app, you've learned about AVAudioRecorder, CKQuery, CKRecord, CKAsset, CKQueryOperation, CKQuerySubscription, NSPredicate, NSSortDescriptor and more, while also having some bonus practice working with UIStackView, UITableView and NSAttributedString.

So yes, the tutorial was long, but even though you're tired I'd like to think you're pleased with the end result. Take a break, perhaps even a couple of days, then come back and have a think about how you could improve this project. It's so big there are lots of possibilities, not least:

  • If the iCloud fetch fails, we tell the user. How about adding a "Retry" button to the user interface?
  • We made the Whistle class inherit from NSObject. Can you make it conform to the NSCoding protocol? You might find project 12’s guide to NSCoding and UserDefaults in Swift useful.
  • Fix the AddCommentsViewController class so that it correctly adjusts the text view when the keyboard appears. I already showed you how to do this in project 16.
  • Stop people from posting too many line breaks in their comments, or at least trim the comments when shown in the main table view.

Of course, the other thing you could do is perhaps the most important of all: go back through all your code and make sure you handle CloudKit errors gracefully. Seriously, put your hand in the air and repeat after me: I promise to show meaningful iCloud errors to my users.

Now, I know you didn't actually do that, but you really ought to at least mean it. As Apple has said, handling errors is the difference between working apps and non-working apps, and you don't want a non-working app, do you?

Share your success!

One of the most effective motivators of success is sharing your progress with other people – when you tell folks what you're doing and what you've learned, it encourages you to come back for more, which in turn will help you reach your app development goals faster.

So, now that you've done all the hard work it's time to share your success: tell folks that you've completed this project, either by clicking the button below to start composing a tweet, or by writing your own message from scratch. This will definitely encourage you to keep learning, but it will also help other folks discover my work – thank you!

 

About the author

Paul Hudson is the creator of Hacking with Swift, the most comprehensive series of Swift books in the world. He's also the editor of Swift Developer News, the maintainer of the Swift Knowledge Base, and Mario Kart world champion. OK, so that last part isn't true. If you're curious you can learn more here.

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