Tag: ios

Use Sets in Swift

Of the most underrated collection types is sets. Sets are an unordered collection with unique values. Let’s take a look at what you can do with sets.  Download the exercise files and you’ll find I created  playground with a Struct called Pizza. I’ve made…

Strings in Swift: Going back to BASICs

A few tips ago, we went under the hood with unicode Characters and their relationship to the Swift String type. For most, that’s great theory, but how does it apply to strings, not characters? When I started programming back in the 1980’s, I had…

Launch an Alert from a Closure Safely

Your app can get into problems when you launch UI from others threads, such as closures.  For example, you  might have an app that going to ask for permissions for things like photos, notifications, or location data. The system usually handles those, but you…

Change UIColors to RGB and HSB colors

One dilemma you’ll find when working with colors is switching between color systems. There’s two you’ll most often be using: the Red-Green-Blue or RGB and Hue-Saturation-Brightness or HSB. Download the Exercise file and run. It will give you the HSB value, but what if…

Programmaticall​y Add Split View Controllers

An often ignored but rather powerful View Controller is the UISplitViewController. You can make one from a template and the storyboard, but I often skip both and do it programmatically, which is especially good when I’m prototyping in a playground.  Let’s give it a…

Refactoring

One of the core elements of clean code is having code that is consistent with identifiers. Head to the AppDelegate. Take a look at this code from the tip from last week. I have a few problems with it. I’m not being very consistent…

Understand ARC

One of those difficult things for even experienced developers to understand is Automatic Reference Counting, or ARC. It is how Swift manages and conserves memory automatically.  Take a look at the Exercise file. I have a playground in this project with two classes. One…