Today is a great day to start learning iOS development. iOS development evolves every year and brings us new things to learn. This post should be valuable for the people who move to Swift from another programming language. This week we will talk about Swift idioms and how to write idiomatic Swift code.
We talked a lot about different design patterns, which help us maintain the codebase by solving various issues. But what about testing? What can we do to keep our UI tests in a maintainable and consistent state? This week we will talk about the Page Object pattern that allows us to build a foundation for our UI tests.
I’m not going to talk about the importance of testing in general, but I want to talk about UI testing. One obvious benefit of UI testing over Unit Testing is the opportunity to write UI tests even when you have a smelling and deeply coupled codebase. This week we will learn how to write UI tests both for SwiftUI and UIKit-based projects.
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.
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 and FocusedBinding property wrappers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.