After the introduction of protocol extensions in Swift, Apple started pushing protocol-oriented programming.
Even if it was a new paradigm, it quickly got widespread adoption in Swift programming and iOS development.
This is not a surprise. Protocol-oriented programming is a highly flexible paradigm with many benefits. One of my favorite applications is to create well-structured network requests.
Protocol-oriented programming solves many of the problems of object-oriented programming. Moreover, it works great with Swift’s value types, i.e., structures and enumerations.
For loops are a fundamental construct of programming, and even more so of making iOS apps. If you want to become an iOS developer, they are a necessary tool you need to have in your toolbox.
But more important than simply understanding how they work, is to know how to use them for the different tasks you will meet in iOS development.
So, the aim of this article is not only to show you how Swift for loops work, but how to use them to solve the most common programming problems.
Table views are a fundamental component of almost any iOS app. But most developers don’t use them when they should or get their architecture wrong.
Table views are more versatile than you might think.
For example, many developers make their life harder using a scroll view when a
UITableView would be a better choice.
Finally, architecture is crucial for table views. The code of the table view data source often ends inside view controllers when it should go into a separate class.
Even though Apple introduced SwiftUI at WWDC 2019, you won’t be able to use it in your apps until a large portion of users gets on iOS 13.
Until then, you need to know the right approach to using table views with data sources and delegates.
Since the introduction of Swift, the iOS community has been buzzing with the words functional programming.
That’s because many features of Swift were inspired by the ones you find in functional programming languages.
These features make some tasks easier. One example is easily configurable callbacks for network requests.
While Swift is not a functional language, we can draw many lessons from functional programming to write better Swift code in our iOS apps.
Encoding and decoding data is a fundamental part of iOS apps.
That is especially true for the JSON data we get from REST APIs.
In the past, decoding JSON in iOS apps required a lot of boilerplate code and sometimes fancy techniques.
But thanks to the Codable protocols introduced in Swift 4, today we have a native and idiomatic way to encode and decode data.
The Codable protocols allow for simple JSON decoding that can sometimes take only a couple of lines of code. But it also allows for more sophisticated techniques when you have special needs.
We will explore all that in this article.
Unwind segues in iOS can be quite confusing.
Unlike their forward counterpart, they are based on a more complicated mechanism and different rules. That usually complicates their setup.
Moreover, many wonder why you should use an unwind segue when you can dismiss a view controller with a single line of code.
I will answer all these questions in this article.
Many iOS developers make serious architectural mistakes when passing data between view controllers.
There are many ways to do this, but they are not all good. Only a few of them are the best practices.
Quick and easy solutions like singletons often lead to severe problems you will discover only later.
If you want to be a skilled iOS developer, you need to know the architecture behind view controller communication.
In this article, I will show you the best practices to pass data both forward backward. We will also discuss some advanced techniques, and the solutions you should not use.