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I promised results from last week’s mini-survey on Kotlin, and here they are!
About 20% of people have used KMP in an Apple-platform app, and about 75% still use it in a current project. Those numbers are much higher than I expected! There were plenty of negative stories in the comments, though, so it would be unwise to read too much into the pure numbers, but knowing that 75% of people who tried it still use it says something.
The final question told me that almost 70% of you were interested in the technology. I’ve subscribed to several of the blogs that people recommended, and while I can’t promise to talk about it often, don’t be surprised if you see an occasional link to a KMP article here.
Finally, many of you wished more people were writing blog posts on KMP. If you have some experience, there’s likely to be an audience for a few new blogs. Will you write one? Let me know if you start one.
This new Mac app looks like a great way to check your designs for accessibility issues before you write a single line of code! There are more details in the launch blog post, but the basics are that it’ll find accessibility issues like low contrast or small text. It works with Sketch or Figma designs and is free if you only have a few projects, so what are you waiting for?
What are Sendable and @Sendable closures in Swift?
Making code thread safe always requires some thought about what’s happening to data, but it would also be foolish to ignore the new tools that Swift provides for us. Donny Wals takes us through how to communicate which parts of our code are thread-safe to the Swift concurrency system.
Swift’s various methods of printing to the console
LLDB is a great tool, but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of “print debugging” from time to time. Did you know that
Dynamic dates with monospaced digits in SwiftUI
The example Natalia Panferova uses in this post about San Francisco’s beautiful monospaced digits is fantastic. It’s a dynamically updating clock with a perfect layout in a single line of code. SwiftUI can be genuinely magical sometimes!
Mastering Dynamic Island in SwiftUI
I wish I had waited a week before linking Majid Jabrayilov’s first article on the Dynamic Island last week because he followed it up with another excellent post, diving much deeper into what’s possible.
Are you done with the subject now, Majid, or will you try to make it three weeks in a row? 😂
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If you have an Apple silicon Mac and a few hours that need wasting. I had an enormous amount of fun playing with Diffusion Bee! 🎨
I am sure that winning an Apple Design Award is a dream for many of you. It’s surely the ultimate recognition of an app well made. Knowing that a team of people inside Apple sat down with your app and decided it deserved showcasing to the world must be a thrill that lasts a long time.
I usually write my congratulations to all the winners at the end of WWDC week, but the eagle-eyed of you may have noticed I didn’t do it this year. Was I snubbing the awards? Am I fresh out of congratulations for the winners? Not at all! I didn’t link to the winner showcase video this year because of this blog post.
At the time, that post had no links in it. Instead, it contained a promise that Apple would publish a profile of each winner week by week throughout the summer. I like it very much when Apple showcases projects that are not their own and wish they would do it more often.
Reading the profiles throughout the summer has been fantastic. I’ve learned about app authors I wasn’t aware of and downloaded apps that I had previously passed over when Apple first announced the winners.
So, here’s the complete list of stories from 12 weeks of ADA winner profiles. I’d encourage you to let your mouse wander towards the ones you haven’t already installed, too. You’ll find interesting stories and great apps.
Congratulations to the winners! I hope your shiny silver cubes never lose their shine.
Note: I wanted to write only positive words about this, and I’m genuinely happy to see Apple celebrate the winners with these profiles. However, I feel I must mention how hard to find these articles are. Yes, someone from Apple updated the original blog post every week, but do they expect people to go back and check in on an old post from June? The post also appears at the bottom of the awards page, but no one is regularly checking that page three months after the award announcement, either.
I saw the articles appear through an RSS feed that contains an aggregate of the posts on the developer news page combined with what I think used to be the “Today” feed from the developer app. Unfortunately, it seems like that view is gone from the app, and to the best of my knowledge, there was never a web index of those posts, even though the articles had web versions.
To hide links to these great profiles in an old blog post or behind an RSS feed seems like such a shame. I love RSS, but I’m realistic about how small the group of people who feel like me is! If there were too many of these profiles for the developer news page, that’s fine. I just wish there was a more prominent place on the web where Apple would post them.Dave Verwer