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Six Tricky Layouts in Swift

…and how Stackable can help Some common iOS interface design patterns are way easier to talk about than they are to develop. Adaptable, maintainable code should be as easy to write and tinker with as it is to express in a conversation with your designer. I want to cover six tricky layouts that I encounter […]

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Getting Started with HealthKit

Getting Started with HealthKit

Out of sheer curiosity, I often find myself checking my daily step count on Apple’s Health app.  In an attempt to get a basic intro to Swift, I sought out to replicate this functionality by creating my own custom application.  In this post, I’m going to walk through how to display the number of steps a user has taken today using HealthKit.  However, this article just scratches the surface of all HealthKit has to offer.  Check out the documentation if […]

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XCTest Line by Line

Note: this article is up to date as of Swift 5.0 and Xcode 10.2 XCTest is Apple’s framework for testing code and user interfaces. It provides a variety of methods for testing equality, comparison, and error-throwing. However, the function names can be longer than the test input, making it hard to see what is going […]

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Enhancing ARKit Image Detection with CoreML

ARKit is quite good at tracking images, but it struggles to disambiguate similar compositions. Core ML can help fill in the gaps. ARKit Image Tracking ARKit is a powerful tool that allows developers to create Augmented Reality apps. It comes loaded with image detection and tracking functionality, which allows apps to “anchor” virtual content contextually on to […]

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Tools We Love – iOS and Android

Learn more about Android Developer tools. From Android tools to iOS developer tools, discover our favorite Android and iOS tools that help us spend more time writing code, and less time in the spaces in between.

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IB Free in Practice 1: Managing a Modal

This series of blog posts will provide examples of how we develop Swift applications without IB and demonstrate some general strategies for app architecture. For this first post, I’m going to cover presenting and dismissing a modal view controller over a home view controller. Even though the example is relatively simple, I am going to […]

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Localized Pluralization with Stringsdict

Learn more about swift localized strings. From xcode localization to nslocalizedstring, discover our tips on localization and pluralization that will make it easier next time you create user-facing strings that contain numbers.

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XCTest and Optional Unwrapping

XCTest is designed to help write tests in Swift and is used for Swift packages and applications. The preferred unit test Swift organizes test cases and asserts expectations in your application code. One of the biggest challenges to Unit Testing in Swift is often the setup. XCTest helps manage optionals Swift, Swift guard let and Swift assertions. Learn the problem with XCTest and the simple fix to help you use it in a more efficient way.

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SIGTRAP: Decoding A Cryptic Objective-C + Swift Crash

In 2015, Raizlabs switched over to Swift for all iOS development. The move has been rewarding; Swift’s commitment to type safety and optional handling decreased our overall defect and crash rates (and increased developer happiness.) While this increased safety is awesome for Swift-only apps, it can introduce some hiccups in legacy Objective-C + Swift hybrid […]

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Introducing RIGImageGallery

RIGImageGallery is a component from the Raizlabs Interface Guidelines, which is a set of UI components that offer sensible defaults to help a project get off the ground quickly and feel native to the platform, and with easy-to-use customization options. RIGImageGallery is designed to display a gallery of images with the expected behaviors established by […]

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