Mastering SwiftUI previews

This week, I want to talk about one of the most powerful Xcode features, SwiftUI previews. SwiftUI previews allow you to look at your SwiftUI views inside Xcode without running the app in the simulator. You can also preview UIKit views and controllers by wrapping them in SwiftUI. Today we will learn about all the powerful features of previews in Xcode.

FocusedValue and FocusedBinding property wrappers in SwiftUI

The last year Apple has done a great job in terms of focus management in SwiftUI. We got a few new modifiers to set up an entry point for the focus system and programmatically handle focus changes. We still have some gaps, and I hope Apple will fill them during WWDC21. This week I want to talk about FocusedValue, FocusedObject, and FocusedBinding property wrappers.

GraphQL in Swift

I spent last weeks sharing more about type-safety and building robust APIs in Swift. I want to continue the type-safety topic by talking about GraphQL. GraphQL is a query language for your API. This week we will talk about the benefits of GraphQL, and we will learn how to utilize it in Swift.

Phantom types in Swift

Not every language with a static type system has so strong type-safety like Swift. Swift features like phantom types, generic type extensions, enums with associated types create an excellent foundation. This week we will learn how to use phantom types to build type-safe APIs.

Building type-safe networking in Swift

More than half of the apps I built during my career had networking code. Usually, we build apps for web services. Today we will talk about building the type-safe networking layer using Swift language features like enums, phantom types, and extensions.

Redux-like state container in SwiftUI. Connectors.

During the last year, I totally understood the power of a single source of truth and a state container that holds the whole app state in a single place. I’ve used this approach in a couple of my apps and continue to use it in new projects.

Lazy navigation in SwiftUI

Most of our apps are more than just a single screen app. We use the navigation to connect different screens inside the app. SwiftUI provides us NavigationLink struct that we can use to link views. This week we will learn how to use NavigationLink more efficiently than before by making it lazy.

Profiling SwiftUI app using Instruments

Xcode comes with a bunch of tools you need to build, debug and release your apps. One of these tools is the Instruments app. The Instruments app is a great tool for profiling your iOS apps. It provides many profiling templates for debugging Core Data, catching memory leaks, disk read/writes, and much more. This week we will learn how to profile SwiftUI apps using the SwiftUI template.

AnimatableModifier in SwiftUI

I have already talked about animations in SwiftUI many times on this blog. But still didn’t cover all the opportunities in terms of animation. Today I want to fill another gap and talk to you about the AnimatableModifier protocol that opens new horizons for animations.

Labels in SwiftUI

We often underestimate the power of simple things. The same feelings I had during the first usage of Label view in SwiftUI. It looks straightforward, but it hides many use cases where it works great. Today we will talk about the Label view and its customization capabilities.