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Shared Frameworks in a Hardened Runtime World

macOS Catalina is just around the corner and with it comes mandatory notarization and hardened runtime. If your mac app accepts plugins or otherwise loads 3rd party frameworks and libraries, there are a few caveats that you’ll need to take care.

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Which Database to Use for My iOS App?

Choosing a database to use for your iOS app is no simple feat. But what if you have the tools to make an informed decision for your app? What if you can decide for today and design for tomorrow?

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Eleven Books and Resources for iOS Developers to Get Started on UI/UX.

Were you passed on a job opportunity because you were blind on user experience topics? Do you feel challenged in educating clients, colleagues, or even managers on user interface topics? Here is a list of references that can help you.

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How to Get Core ML Produce Images as Output

Core ML’s tools to convert other framework’s machine learning models is a pretty awesome feat in itself. However it is by no means complete. I found some issues in converting models which outputs images. Issues which took me a few weeks to solve even after many consultations to Google and Apple’s own forums. But here’s […]

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First Dabbling in Machine Learning

I’ve been toying around with retraining machine learning models — one for generating prose and the other for processing photos and separate objects from its background. Here are some of the challenges I encounter as a total newbie and how I got around it.

Are you being hunted by Xcode command line tools? Have you uninstalled it only to realize that it came back again? If you already have the Xcode installed and really need the full IDE, don't waste space by having the command line tools installed as well. Here's how.

Getting Rid of Xcode Command Line Tools

Are you being hunted by Xcode command line tools? Have you uninstalled it only to realize that it came back again? If you already have the Xcode installed and really need the full IDE, don’t waste space by having the command line tools installed as well. Here’s how.

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Swift Snowflake ID Generator

Make thousands of unique 64 bit identifiers at every millisecond without the need of global synchronization.

Programming Cocoa apps with Swift has it's many caveats. Many of these are derived from the fact that there are two language runtimes at play, the incumbent Objective-C runtime which is used by system frameworks and the Swift runtime as a newcomer. Here is one hard lesson learned (and workaround) when dealing with state restoration problems in a Swift app.

State Restoration Hiccups with Swift

Programming Cocoa apps with Swift has it’s many caveats. Many of these are derived from the fact that there are two language runtimes at play, the incumbent Objective-C runtime which is used by system frameworks and the Swift runtime as a newcomer. Here is one hard lesson learned (and workaround) when dealing with state restoration […]

How to safely try out Apple's new machine learning libraries without bricking your main machine. Goodbye beta blues, hello new ideas!

Trying Core ML with Swift Playgrounds

How to safely try out Apple’s new machine learning libraries without bricking your main machine. Goodbye beta blues, hello new ideas!

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A Swift Promise

Futures/promises are great to coordinate persistence and views to ensure responsiveness in today’s native apps. However bringing thousands of lines of foreign code just to have this small functionality may not be cool. Here’s a hundred-line implementation of futures/promises in Swift 3.1

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Touch Bar Programming Tips

It’s high time you update your macOS app to support the Touch Bar. You’ll need to have some strategy on how to design your Touch Bar interface – don’t just pour any buttons into it. Here’s some tips on how to work this new hardware.

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Should You do Free Work to Get Hired?

Have you been asked to do a sample project as part of a hiring process? I’ve done it, not only once but **twice** as part of the same process. Here are those projects. You should be able to learn a thing or two from it Either learn the iOS programming techniques behind these two 40-hour […]

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Is Your Server Ready for iOS 9 and El Capitan?

Apple is enforcing a stronger encryption that applications need to use when connecting to their backends. Is your server secure enough to meet Apple’s standards? Being HTTPS doesn’t necessarily imply that it’s good enough.

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How To Use Your Network Drive as a Git Server

Do you know that WD My Cloud EX2 can serve as a git server for a small team? Now you do and here’s how you can set it up.

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