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This tweet resonated with me so much. 😀 The most successful things I've done never started as "the big idea". This newsletter, for example! 📰
Considering how little we saw about the HomePod at WWDC and in the following months, I'm not surprised to see this delay. However, from a developer perspective, this doesn't have a huge impact as the development potential of the platform is still quite limited. I'm glad Apple is willing to delay the release of products not ready for the mass market – I wish they were more willing to do this with software releases as well.
The try! Swift conference in New York this week hosted an announcement from the Swift Server work group about their plans, and here's Ted Kremenek with a quick summary. It's also worth checking out the Recommended Server Libraries section of the server page on Swift.org for a description of what this group is aiming for.
The Verge takes an in-depth look at Paper, the sketching and note taking app released this week by the people behind the cancelled Microsoft Courier project. It is great to see the ideas from Courier making it in to a real app.
You're almost certainly already up to date if you use a third-party service to send your pushes, but if you're sending them yourself then you need to read this right now. You need to switch to the HTTP/2-based APNs provider API as soon as possible. It's no longer going to work
this month next year.
UPDATE: As Jeff Nouwen notes it's transitioning in 2020, not 2019… I really should learn to pay better attention! 🥴
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I tweeted yesterday about wanting to do a comprehensive survey of iOS developers, but I didn’t do a very good job of explaining myself in the tweet. So I’ll try again…
I want to do a really comprehensive survey of this community and of the state of iOS development in 2019. I want to aggregate and analyse how we feel about Swift, Xcode, SwiftUI, Catalyst, app architectures, our careers, side-projects, how we make money from apps, the conferences we attend and why we attend them, and more…
We regularly listen to people who write blog posts, make podcasts, or speak at conferences, but we know so little about the people who actually make up this community and how we feel as a group. I think it’ll be fascinating to see that, and I’m taking it upon myself to make it happen.
I also want the data to be owned by the community that contributed it, rather than it being hidden away by Apple or some other company that gathers it. This is your opinion and you'll get to see everything that comes out of it.
Then, and this is where I think the idea really shines, I want to repeat the survey every year so we can see how the community’s opinions change over time. I can't wait.
To prove that this is truly a community survey, I want the design of it to be as open as the results will be. I've put a good amount of work into creating a (very 😬) long list of questions that cover what I think are interesting areas, but I'd love to know what you all think too. I'm using a Google Doc to design it, and commenting/suggesting is enabled. Please take a look, and let me know what you think.
Then, next week I’ll set up the survey tool and we’ll start gathering the data. Are you with me? 🤞