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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Swift 2 – What’s new

Monday Apple announced Swift 2, and just about everything announced is an extremely welcome change. This post is a summary of Chris Lattner's discussion in the WWDC video "What's new in Swift". Now, let's run through them... Fundamentals enums can now be printed to the console and show the actually value instead of just (enum value). Additionally, println is now…

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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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