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Mobile First & Declining Usability

Mobile App Design is Fashion Mobile app design moves very quickly, and with "mobile-first" thinking becoming the mantra of designers of all kinds, it is a leading indicator for design of just about everything else. So, I think it's important to take a step back and analyze how apps are designed today. In this I break down the most recent…

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How To Migrate Your App And Protect It From Shutdowns Like Parse’s

How To Migrate Your App And Protect It From Shutdowns Like Parse's Editor's Note: This article is written by Reinder de Vries, indie app developer at LearnAppMaking.com. Oh no! Parse is shutting down... How do you move on? On January 28th Parse announced it will be shutting down its service. They're winding down the done-for-you Backend-as-a-Service, fully retiring it on…

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Adding IBInspectable to a superclass in Swift

Adding IBInspectable to a UICollectionViewCell subclass One very useful feature I find is to add a IBInspectable background image to my views. In an entertainment app I'm currently building there is a designable cell that looks like this: @IBDesignableclass TrailerCollectionViewCell: MediaCollectionViewCell {    @IBOutlet weak var lengthLabel: UILabel!    @IBInspectable weak var bgImage: UIImage! {        didSet {            imgView.frame = self.bounds            self.addSubview(imgView)            imgView.image = bgImage            imgView.contentMode  = UIViewContentMode.Center            self.sendSubviewToBack(imgView)        }    }}what's great about…

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List Comprehensions and Performance With Swift

This post written on August 15, 2015 to be compatible with Xcode 6 and Swift 1.2 List comprehensions provide a concise way to create lists. You can accomplish list comprehension-like operations in Swift even though list comprehensions are not mentioned in the Swift language guide. Say you want to create a list of squares, like: var squares = [Int]()for x…

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Open Source Swift – A Look At The Top Swift Repositories

Github, the most popular open source repository for open source software, offers a feature that let's us view repositories by language. In this post, I want to dissect some of the most popular Swift repositories as of June 5th, 2015. So, let's kick it off with the most starred Swift repository, Alamofire. Alamofire Alamofire is an "Elegant HTTP Networking in…

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Local Notifications in iOS 10 with Swift (Part 1)

This post has been updated for compatibility with XCode 8 and iOS 10 Local notifications are a simple way to display information to your user even when your app is in the background. They allow you to display an alert, play a sound or badge your app’s icon. Local notifications can be triggered at a scheduled time or when your user enters…

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Local Notifications in iOS 9+ with Swift (Part 2)

This post has been updated for compatibility with XCode 8 and iOS 10 In part 1 of this series, we created a simple to-do list application that used local notifications to alert users when to-do items were overdue. This time, we’re going to build on that the project by enabling application icon badges to display the number of overdue items and…

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Core Animation Swift Tutorial – Animatable Properties

This tutorial series requires a basic understanding of UIView hierarchy. If you are new to iOS development, you might want to begin with Developing iOS Apps Using Swift first. When you first hear about Core Animation, you might think it is all about animation. However, animation is only a part of this framework. Core Animation is an infrastructure for compositing…

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Access Control In Swift

Updated December 21 for Xcode 6.1.1 The Swift feature of Access Control is really important from a software architecture perspective, because it allows us to properly implement encapsulation. Without the ability to hide members and methods of classes, it's very easy to accidentally (or not) reach in to classes and mess with internals that were not designed to be directly…

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Developing iOS 8 Apps Using Swift – Animations, Audio, and Custom Table View Cells (Part 7)

This section completely updated to reflect changes in Xcode 6.3, as of April 17, 2015 In parts 1 through 6 we went over some basics of Swift, and set up a simple example project that creates a Table View and a puts some API results from iTunes inside of them. If you haven't read that yet, check out Part 1…

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