I hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving (or a great Thursday, for those not celebrating) ?? I am thankful for the constant outpouring of iOS blog posts and projects created by the community, as well as all of you who read iOS Dev Weekly each week – without either one, this newsletter would not be possible. To all contributors and to all our readers, thank you!
The latest release of Kotlin adds interop with Objective-C, meaning that it can now be used to create actual iOS and macOS applications! I don’t see Kotlin becoming popular among iOS developers, but I will be keeping a close eye on any projects I see which are created with it (and I’ll probably make a simple app myself just to try it!) ?
You may not be celebrating Thanksgiving, but Black Friday is something we can all celebrate regardless of where we live! ? Marius Landwehr has put together this list with some very tempting offers, so check it out to see if any development software or books from your wish list are on sale.
Considering how little we saw about the HomePod at WWDC and in the following months, I’m not surprised to see this delay. However, from a developer perspective, this doesn’t have a huge impact as the development potential of the platform is still quite limited. I’m glad Apple is willing to delay the release of products not ready for the mass market – I wish they were more willing to do this with software releases as well.
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UIDebuggingInformationOverlay is a hidden tool in iOS used by Apple internally to debug native apps. For some reason, Apple chose to make this tool hidden in iOS 11 so that it couldn’t be used by third-party developers. Luckily, Derek Selander worked out a way to trick the system into giving developers access anyway (until Apple inevitably breaks his approach in a future update ?).
If designers are selecting precise fonts and colors in Sketch, why should developers then have to manually copy all these over? This command line tool auto-generates Swift code to transfer these properties over to your project automatically, eliminating friction and preventing mistakes while copying. By extending
UIColor and a custom
TextStyle struct with constants, stylesync makes it really simple to implement and tweak designs in your app.
It’s great finding all of Xcode’s secret tools that make development easier. Jordan Rose found this little gem. ?
This post by Matt Gallagher completely blew my mind. ? Rather than restricting the idea of the Model to strictly the persistent data in the app, this post explores what a Model would look like if it contained all mutable state. This new definition allows for some really compelling and fascinating benefits that are impossible using the traditional definition of Model. I highly recommend downloading the sample project for a test-run.
Former Apple software engineer and developer evangelist Dave Delong is taking on the challenge of creating a Swifty date library on top of Foundation. Other third-party date libraries already exist, but the goals (and non-goals) of this project make it look really promising.
Changing root view controllers of a window is easy – animating the transition, not so straightforward. Daniele Margutti presents his approach to this problem using Core Animation,
CATransition, and an extension of
UIWindow. He put the code for his extension on Github and packaged it into a CocoaPod as well!
Mischa Hildebrand with a fascinating look into the behavior of raw values and associated types in Swift Enums. I definitely learned a couple new things about how Enums work under the covers and about how they can be used in practice.
Videos from the recent iOS Conf SG in Singapore. There’s a nice selection of topics here.
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I was genuinely surprised to see Objective-C so high in these results ?