The Most Comprehensive In-App Feedback SDK for Mobile Apps
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Nintendo Asks Mobile Developers to Curb Microtransactions
This is a fascinating move by Nintendo. There are two sets of business models on the App Store - Games with microtransactions, and then everything else. 😂 It's probably way too late for iOS game business models to change, expectations have been well and truly set. However, I do wonder what would have happened if Apple took this stance in the early days of the race to the bottom.
Safely supporting new versions of Swift
The source breaking changes with Swift 5 aren't huge, but you may not be able to upgrade all of your projects that use shared code immediately. If that's the case, this tip from Alan Zeino will come in handy.
Understanding the iOS Responder Chain
It wasn't really possible to grok AppKit development without properly understanding the responder chain, but it is far less critical to your ability to make apps on iOS. That doesn't mean it's not useful though! Bruno Rocha has some thoughts on it.
It's also worth mentioning that John Fox talked quite a bit about the responder chain in this week's iDeveloper podcast. Give it a listen.
Minimum Viable Complication
What happens when you realise your watchOS app doesn't actually need much of a UI at all? You build a complication, of course. This is a fantastic article from Kuba Suder with everything you need to know about making an app for a tiny section inside a tiny screen. 😀
Adding Logging to Crash Reports
Ideally, we’d love to fully switch to Apple’s
os_logAPI. However, it has one major downside: There’s still no way to access the rolling log to add to the reports that get sent back to us.
There are ways though, as Peter Steinberger explains here.
Websites with Swift and AWS Lambda
I'm honestly not sure what to think of this... Is it a vision of the future, or the work of an evil genius? This is Jason Zurita talking about how to write a Swift powered web site using AWS Lambda functions. I don't see this as a particularly practical way to approach web development, but it's worth a read.
Opinionated App Design
I've been enjoying Steps since it was released, it's a fun and ruthlessly simple steps competition for friends. What's more interesting than the app though, is how it was designed. Let Simeon tell you all about it.
Business and Marketing
Automatic App Landing Page
Need a quick and easy way to generate a simple landing page for your latest app? Emil Baehr has put together this great Jekyll theme for showing off your latest creation by grabbing metadata from the store. 👍
Videos from ServerSide.swift
A full set of videos from last year's Server Side Swift conference if you've been curious about Vapor, Kitura or anything else related to building web things with the language!
iOS Engineer at Monzo in London (or Remote)
We're searching for product-focussed engineers to help us make money work for everyone.
iOS Manager for Astropad & Luna Display (Remote)
We're looking for a leader to help us serve the creative world. Is that you?
iOS Engineer @ Twitch
Want to work on the world's leading video platform and paradise of memes and dreams? Join us if you like Swift, maintainable code, and fun iOS apps!
Tim Apple, Jony Design and Eddy Internet...
Yes, it was just a silly throwaway slip that anyone could have made but that doesn't mean it's not an opportunity for endless jokes, like this redesign of Apple's web site from Scott Knaster! 😂
Oh and well played Tim! I've captured a screenshot, in case it has been changed back by the time you read this!
As part of my continued attempt to fight the negativity around Marzipan I want to highlight the amazing work that Steve Troughton-Smith has been doing this week.
Marzipanify has been around for a while, but this week Steve kept himself very busy with three lengthy blog posts about it. Bringing iOS Apps to macOS Using Marzipanify, Making Marzipan Apps Sing, and Deeper Integration with Marzipan. The posts speak for themselves and you should read them all if you have even a passing interest in the technology.
I love the attitude with which he is approaching these posts though. He's not just looking at what shipped last year, he's pushing to see what the technology might be capable of when it's (presumably) announced this summer. For example:
Best of all, he's doing all of this with a hacked together, half baked version of this technology that was far from ready last year. I can't wait to see what's possible after Apple have spent another year working on it internally. 🎉
Brent Simmons also gets it. I have a very similar list of questions that I'll be watching for answers to during this years WWDC.
I'm genuinely excited to see what'll be possible… and I'm not even planning to write an app with it. 😀Dave Verwer