09 Feb 2016 in Tech
Swift has reference types and value types. Even within the value types, there are different options to use! It can be kind of confusing to know when to use which. Knowing a little bit about what types work in which situations can really help out.
Here are some of the ways I differentiate the different value types in my own head, and some rules of thumb of when I use which.
20 Jan 2016 in Tech
Swift is a protocol oriented language, and I’ve found I can really provide a lot of power as well as flexibility by making good use of protocols.
The other day I was chasing down a confusing bug. For some reason my protocol methods weren’t being called!
It turns out protocol extension methods can be unintuitive sometimes.
23 Sep 2015 in Tech
Pretty much everyone uses the Swipe Back feature that you get for free with UINavigationController. But what happens when you add some awesome animated transitions for your push actions? You can’t swipe back anymore!
I found a way around this! Though, it does feel a bit hacky…
20 May 2015 in Tech
There’s a trap that people who write software often fall into. We can’t see our app in the same way a user sees it. This can sometimes lead us to create features that we think are super awesome, but it’s not actually what the users want. Or it’s too hard to use. Or it’s too confusing. Or maybe it’s just plain irrelevant.
One way we’ve found to remedy some of this is by observing people use our app. We call this “User Tests,” and we just wrapped up a round of user tests this week.
13 May 2015 in Tech
For years, Core Data has been the go-to persistence library for Mac and iOS apps. Recently, an alternative called Realm has come on to the scene, and is becoming quite popular. We gave it a shot, and ultimately chose to use Realm over Core Data in AmebaOwnd.