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How to Maintain Loading State in Cells

When a table view asks for a cell, often images in the cell isn’t yet available and needs to be fetched from a server – thus the cell gets a placeholder image. But static placeholders doesn’t look as good as animated ones. Unfortunately cell views gets scrolled off and re-used which makes managing animations challenging.

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Clean Architecture with VIPER Sample Project for UIKit

Architecting applications to meet today’s challenges and be ready for tomorrow’s problem is not an easy feat. The principles of clean architecture may be sound, but separating the signal from the noise is tough. Here is a sample VIPER project for iOS that you can tinker to learn about the principles of clean architecture.

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How to Implement VIPER Clean Architecture in an iOS App

Compartmentalizing functionalities within an app to improve its maintainability is difficult. More so when you’re not well versed with software architectures and other software engineering principles. What if you can confidently structure your app to be resilient and adaptive to change?

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Code Signing Failure due to Symlink Folders

You try to reduce the application’s size by sharing resources in framework bundles and creating symbolic links so that other frameworks can find and use those resources. However this fell at odds with code signing (and probably notarization). Here is how to share code and resources in frameworks the right way.

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How Newbies Should Start Learning iOS User Interface Programming

When you’re just starting out in iOS development, there are so many options in which to place a button. There’s storyboard, auto layout, and even SwiftUI — that’s just scratching the surface. How should someone new to programming the platform chart a learning path?

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Modeling In-App Purchases Inventory

There are four types of in-app purchases in Apple’s App Store, with their own unique ways to manage it. The challenge is how to isolate the intricacies of these product types from the rest of the application. Otherwise a move from non-consumable in-app purchase to a subscription type would involve a major rewrite. Learn how […]

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Notarizing Disk Images for Developer ID Distribution

Do you distribute your macOS apps as .zip files? That has been quaint since Sierra. You should package your apps as signed and notarized disk images instead. Otherwise Catalina would say that your package is suspicious. However creating disk images is a rather involved process. Read on to find out more.

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Architecting a Scalable Web Application

Writing a web app is one thing. Deploying it on the global Internet for millions of users is another thing. Keeping it secure from prying eyes, competitors, and general baddies is yet another challenge. How can you do all of this in a startup where there are a billion of other things in your head […]

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Future-Proof Your Data Persistence

The data persistence stack that is an appropriate decision today may not be an optimal solution when your app has grown. You would need to design your app to withstand the test of time and be extensible for as it grows. Read more to learn how.

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Watch App as In-App Purchase?

How do you sell a watchOS app? Through in-app purchase of course, like these fine apps have done. However there’s a caveat condition that you need to guard for, otherwise you risk having angry customers.

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Enabling Hardened Runtime on a Sparkle App

Notarization requirements is just around the corner in the coming release of macOS. But the Sparkle updater framework is not yet ready for it. Here’s how you can fix that.

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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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