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  • #511

    Async / Await

    With Continuations we can bridge the non-async world and make it async. Continuations allow us to take the result of a completion block and turn it into an async flow. In this episode we will see the difference between checked and unchecked continuations as well as their throwing variants.

  • #510

    Async / Await

    In this episode we will see how URLSession can be used with async await. With this new API you can easily send network request and await a tuple of both the data and the response object.

  • #509

    Async / Await

    In this episode we will see how we can run tasks concurrently with concurrent for loops, which is useful when the number of items you want to process is dynamic. With Task Groups you can process results asynchronously and assemble the results in a safe way.

  • #508

    Async / Await

    In this episode we will show how the async await keyword can simplify asynchronous code, reading top-down as if it were synchronous, but without blocking any threads. We'll also see how async let can allow you to process multiple values concurrently.

  • #507

    Modular Project Architecture

    If you're using CocoaPods already, then mixing with Swift Packages can prove to be infeasible. You can create your modules as internal pods as well, however there are a few gotchas. In this episode I will cover how to do this, how to link up local pods and create example projects for demo UI and running tests, as well as how to overcome some of the rough edges you might experience.

  • #506

    Modular Project Architecture

    Now that we've seen how to setup a feature module, we'll also need to decide how best to share a feature's resources and deal with dependencies.

  • #505

    Modular Project Architecture

    One big benefit of modularizing an application is working on features as modules. Let's re-create the welcome screen experience as a feature module using Swift Package Manager and Xcodegen.

  • #504

    Modular Project Architecture

    In this episode we create a modularized setup where our modules are Swift Packages and brought into the main app using Xcodegen and local path references to the packages.

  • #503

    Modular Project Architecture

    One thing that can be a pain when splitting modules up into separate projects is maintaining the Xcode projects themselves. Not to mention the fact that as team sizes grow, merging changes in project files gets exponentially more painful. In this episode we will look at using Xcodegen to have a repeatable project generation that you can use to create consistent Xcode projects without much fuss.

  • #502

    Modular Project Architecture

    Breaking your code into discrete modules will surface a problem if your code is tightly interconnected. Once you've defined your module boundaries you now are forced to not cause bidirectional dependencies. In this episode we will look at some strategies for breaking apart dependencies into abstractions first using protocols, then using protocol witnesses. We can then depend on those abstractions in our isolated module projects.

  • #501

    Modular Project Architecture

    One way of achieving modularization is to build frameworks using nested Xcode projects. This has the benefit of having everything in one place and can easily build the entire thing. You can also zero-in on a single project and just work from there if you want. Each sub-project can have its own tests, sample application, etc.

  • #500

    Modular Project Architecture

    In this episode we will talk about the overview and motivation for a modular project architecture. Why split things up? I'll talk about the problems we face, what benefits we may achieve, and how can we approach the problem.

  • #499

    Localizing Your App

    Pluralization rules vary by language, so it's not as easy as just adding an "s". To properly handle these cases, we need to use a Stringsdict file and format our string using a special syntax.

  • #498

    Localizing Your App

    Sometimes you may find that you want to localize images specific to a locale. In this episode we'll make up a contrived example where we want to change our splash image from a pizza to sushi if the locale if Japanese. We can easily do this with Asset Catalogs and provide a more tailored experience.

  • #497

    Localizing Your App

    Once we have our translated files back from our translators, we can now import them for use in our project. I'll show how do do this within Xcode and from the command line.

  • #496

    Localizing Your App

    In this episode I will show two ways you can export all of the strings in your project. The first is using Xcode, but since this is a process you'll likely want to repeat, we'll also show how to do it via the command line so you can automate it. We'll then take the xliff files and send them off for translation using a translation service.

  • #495

    Localizing Your App

    There's a bit of prep work we need to do to get our project ready to be localized. We'll start by defining which languages we want to support, localize any interface-based files like Storyboards, and then move on to localizing strings in code.

  • #494

    Localizing Your App

    Using DateFormatter we can format dates and times to whatever format we choose. However, in most cases we should rely instead on the builtin styles instead, which are locale aware. This way we can present dates and times that are consistent with the user's preferences.

  • #493

    Localizing Your App

    Let's quickly review how to work with the Locale object. Then we can use various locales in conjunction with NumberFormatter and ListFormatter to have localized output provided for us.

  • #492

    Localizing Your App

    In this episode we will define what Localization is and why you should localize your apps.

  • #491

    One of my favorite new features of Xcode 13 is support for Vim key bindings. In this episode we will see how to enable this and I'll give a quick tour of how to get around using Vim.

  • #490

    Codable Witnesses

    In this episode we introduce a new open source library called Swift Coding that takes all of these concepts and wraps it up into a Swift Package you can use in your own projects. We give a tour of what the library can do and how you can use it.

  • #489

    Working with Context Menus

    Sometimes we need menus to be dynamic, or we need to fetch some data before being able to build out the menu items. In this episode we will see how to leverage UIDeferredMenuElement to fetch some data and build a dynamic menu.

  • #488

    Codable Witnesses

    Last time we talked about the Encodable protocol. This time let's look at the Decodable protocol. We explore the general concept, then introduce zip and map as utilities to compose smaller decodings into larger ones.