Which storage technologies are available in iOS and which ones you should use

Sometimes it is hard to know which technology to use in iOS for a specific task.

Storing data is indeed one of these cases. When I wrote my first app, a diet app for the Mac when the iPhone did not exist yet, I used Core Data to store its data (macOS and iOS share the same technologies and frameworks). Looking back, I think that was probably the right choice at the time, given the kind of data the app handled. But back then I had no idea and no way to tell. I picked Core Data just because I heard other developers talking about it and I didn’t know any other way. When it came to store static data in the app, though, I definitely made the wrong choice.

How to Start your Business on the App Store and Become an Indie iOS Developer

Ten years ago I moved my first steps developing apps for Apple platforms. Like many others, I had the dream to become an indie developer, make my own apps and be independent one day. It all started when I saw a presentation about being an indie developer by Will Shipley. I shared it with a friend and soon he came back to me with an idea for a Mac app (the iPhone still didn’t exist back then). At that time he was trying to follow the Zone Diet, which is a pretty complicated diet requiring a lot of calculations. So he though that an app to help people follow that diet would be a good business idea.

The common lifecycle of a view controller

View controllers have a central role in iOS apps and build the skeleton of every app you make. This is because each screen of the app is represented by a single view controller. Because of this central role they have, they are at the center of a lot of activity and perform many duties during their lifetime.

The Complete Guide to Understanding Swift Optionals

Since the introduction of Swift, optionals seem to have used a lot of confusion for people learning the language. I have to admit that at the beginning it took me a while too to wrap my mind around them. The cause was that I didn’t take the required time to fully understand them.

How to Keep your View Controllers Small for a Better Code Base

iOS apps are built according to a widespread programming pattern: the model-view-controller pattern (or MVC). The MVC is a high-level pattern used to describe the global architecture of an application and to classify objects according to the general roles they play. In MVC objects tend to be more reusable and programs are more easy to change.

Objective-C Guide For Developers, Part 6

In this last part of the guide, we are going to have a look at blocks and how they work.

Table of contents

What blocks are useful for
Declaring and using blocks
Passing blocks as parameters to methods
Capturing the context
Blocks and memory management

Objective-C Guide For Developers, Part 5

After seeing how classes and objects work in Objective-C, this part will be completely dedicated to types in Objective-C. This feature comes straight from C, but it’s still extensively used in Objective-C programming, including Apple libraries. Since you will encounter this quite often, it’s worth to spend some time having a look at this feature.

Table of contents

Defining custom types
Constants and enumerations
Bitwise operators and bitmasks