Swift Developments is a hand-curated newsletter containing a weekly selection of the best links, videos, tools and tutorials for people interested in designing and developing their own apps using Swift.
According to a new report this week, Apple is starting to make good on it’s promise to clean up the App store. According to new figures from @SensorTower, over 47,300 outdated and abandoned apps were removed from the this month but with over 2 million apps on the store, I suspect there is still a way to go. This article from @sarahintampa on @techcrunch has a nice roundup of what’s been happening.
An interesting perspective from @_ericelliott on why deadlines, instead of helping team productivity and morale, can actually be seriously destructive.
The Mac App Store has had a bit of a torrid time in the last year or so with many high profile developers and companies leaving the store to head off on their own. However as @denzhadanov explains, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t still money to be made on the store.
A picture’s worth a 1000 words – @101babich on how to use images within your app designs to enhance your apps user experience.
Looking to improve your apps user experience? The team at @Appseecom have easy things you can do improve things.
If I’m honest I don’t think I’ve every consciously thought when I should use which in which situation. Some nice tips on this topic from Anthony Tseng at @uxmovement
In this article, @figureink‘s search for an elegant way of splitting a Swift array into it’s first and remaining elements. The solution he comes up with may not be the one you first think of.
@mislavcodes with a brief introduction to functional programming in Swift 3 along with lots of example code for those just dipping their toes in the world of functional programming.
@ctarda with a good reminder that in an object-oriented development, encapsulation is a particularly useful technique.
Xcode’s new Thread Sanitizer feature is a brilliant new tool for identifying race conditions within your code but how does it actually work? @benjaminencz takes a look.
If TDD is your thing, (and even if it isn’t) this Playground project from @team_whiskerz is a great resource allowing you to write both your unit tests and your code all without leaving your playground.
Overdrive by Said Sikira is a task based concurrency library built on top of GCD provide multithreading, concurrency and blazing speed.
A nice little library from the team at @teambustout providing simplified, resource-centric, client-side caching of RESTful resources.
A useful library from the team at @raizlabs that helps abstract away many of the complexities of working with attributed strings on iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.
Mock objects are a powerful technique for managing dependencies in your unit tests. In this article, @qcoding explores how to make them more useful.
Interesting try! Swift talk from @batalia discussing GameplayKit and the nature of randomness.
@etsy‘s Amy Dyer provides some great advice for developers attempting to transition their Objective-C code bases to Swift.