Downloading Data in SwiftUI with URLSession and async/await

Many modern iOS apps are connected to the internet.

When you need to download or upload data, URLSession is the solution.

Together with other types, URLSession not only transfers data over a network but also groups transfers together.

This allows you to:

  • Optimize data transfers.
  • Handle authentication, cookies, and caching.
  • Pause, resume, or cancel network transfers.
  • Download data in the background when your app is suspended.

Due to the complexity of network transfers, using URLSession is not straightforward and presents a few architectural challenges, especially in SwiftUI apps.

We will explore all of the above in this article.

Using Guards in Swift to Avoid the Pyramid of Doom

Conditionals are a fundamental part of programming in Swift.

The first conditional statement you learn is the if statement. It’s not the only one, though, nor is it the most used.

Another example is a guard statement. Guard statements are often much more common than if statements.

A Comprehensive Guide to URLs in Swift and SwiftUI

URLs are omnipresent in today’s world, and iOS apps are no exception.

The URLs you use in Swift can identify different resources. The most common examples are web content, local files, and REST API endpoints.

The way you handle a URL in Swift depends on two things. The resource it identifies and how you manage the resource in the architecture of your app.

Learn Swift Programming: The essential step to creating iOS apps

The first step to making iOS apps is learning Swift.

But learning a new programming language can be daunting if you approach it for the first time.

Nonetheless, if you follow the right path, learning Swift can be fun and rewarding. Many developers worldwide use Swift because they like to build well-crafted programs.

In this article, I show you the right path to learning Swift.

I won’t only cover the how, but I will also explain why each piece is essential to build the whole puzzle.

Swift Arrays: The Most Used Collection to Organize Data

Arrays are the most commonly used data type in Swift and other programming languages. You will often use arrays to organize your app’s data as they are the most versatile data structure.

This article will explore the most common features of arrays in Swift.

Write Shorter Conditions with the Swift Ternary Operator

Write Shorter Conditions with the Swift Ternary Operator

The ternary operator is a conditional operator that you can use to write complex conditions using just one line of code. It is straightforward to use and powerful.

In this article, I will highlight the most common use cases of the ternary operator in Swift. I will also review the advantages and disadvantages of writing conditions using the ternary operator instead of if-else statements.

Switch Statements in Swift: Selecting Among Multiple Options

Switch statements compare specific values against different cases and execute the block of code associated with the first matching case. You can achieve the same result using an if statement with multiple else clauses, but switch statements are easier to read and understand at a glance.

This article covers the most common use cases of switch statements. There are other, more advanced features of switch statements that I will talk about in future articles.