Saga 1.0.0 has been released
About ten months ago I wrote that I was confident that the API of Saga wasn't going to change a lot anymore, and that I'd release 1.0.0. Well, it's taken a little bit longer than I expected back then, but 1.0.0 has finally been released!
Vapor 4 vs. Django REST Framework
Over two years ago I wrote an article where I compared Vapor 3 to Django REST Framework. It's time for a rematch with Vapor 4.
My one big complaint working with Vapor 4
I'm trying out Vapor 4 for a side project, and one thing that I am constantly running into is the amount of boilerplate and copy-pasted code. Are there no better solutions for this?
Interview with proglib.io
Recently I was interviewed for the Russian IT website proglib.io. Since it might be interesting for non-Russian speakers, here it is in the original English version.
WWDC21 keynote review
A new year, a new WWDC with once again new iOS, iPadOS, macOS and watchOS releases. If you ask me, I think yearly releases are overkill and really not necessary; I’d rather have Apple split off features like Weather, Maps, Notes and more into...
Mentee Question 5: What's the deal with coordinators?
A few weeks while ago in my how to get started article I mentioned coordinators in the “What architecture should I use?” section, and how they allow you to decouple your view controllers from one another, and improve the way you can test your code....
Mentee Question 4: When to use PassthroughSubject and CurrentValueSubject?
That’s a great question! And actually one I asked myself too, when I just got started with Combine. Let’s first explain what PassthroughSubject and CurrentValueSubject are though. Subjects are a kind of publisher that you can subscribe to, but can...
Mentee Question 3: How to know when multiple publishers completed?
A review of Markdown parsers for Swift
A hugely important part of any static site generator is of course the parsing of Markdown content. The default parser for Saga is Parsley, a custom wrapper around a cmark fork. While I am generally quite happy with it, there are some problems.
Building my own static site generator, part 7: updates & the road to 1.0.0
In the past few days I’ve made some pretty substantial improvements to Saga, to make it work for me and my website, which is now built using Saga.
Building my own static site generator, part 6: replacing SwiftMarkdown
I've already replaced my own SwiftMarkdown package...
Building my own static site generator, part 5: replacing Ink and Splash
I've replaced the Ink and Splash dependencies with my own SwiftMarkdown package.
Building my own static site generator, part 4: a complete redesign
An unexpectedly quick fourth article about Saga, after a complete redesign of the API.
Building my own static site generator, part 3: thoughts so far
In the third and final part of this series about Saga I'm looking at the pros and cons of the current system and what I might want to change.
Building my own static site generator, part 2: API design
Part 2, where I'm looking back at the current API of Saga.
Building my own static site generator, part 1: inspiration & goals
In part 1 of a series of articles I'm looking at the inspiration behind my static site generator Saga, now available on Github.
Swift generics and arrays
I’m in the very early stages of building my own static site generator in Swift. I want the library to provide a basic Page type, that the user can then extend with custom metadata, and I need to be able to put Pages with different kinds of metadata...
Looking at the static site generator Publish
I'm taking a look at the static site generator Publish, written in Swift.
Mentee Question 2: How to get started
Resources for learning Swift and UIKit, what to build first, opinions on Unit Testing, and more.
Mentee Question 1: UIKit or SwiftUI
My take on the very common question "What should I learn or focus on? UIKit or SwiftUI?"
Book review: Thinking in SwiftUI
A while ago I asked on Twitter which Swift-related book I should review next, and overwhelmingly Thinking in SwiftUI by the objc.io guys was chosen. An excellent choice!
Exploring two-way databinding solutions in UIKit
With SwiftUI we have the @Binding property wrapper that makes it really easy to create a two-way databinding between a form field and a model, but in the UIKit world it's slightly less easy. Let's explore some solutions.
Book review: Practical Combine
It's almost exactly 10 years since I wrote my last book review. Time flies! Also, it makes me realize that the way I've been learning has changed dramatically. I am much more guided by autocomplete and documentation within Xcode, and in-depth articles and videos about one particular topic, instead of reading books.
A quick review of the keynote and State of the Union talks. Let's see which of my wishes have been fulfilled, and which SwiftUI problems have been solved.
A review of SwiftUI problems
I've been working with SwiftUI for almost half a year now, and in that time I've learned a lot. I love a lot about it, but there are also so many bugs and issues that need workarounds that it's kind of maddening.
Connecting Storekit to Firestore via Cloud Functions and webhooks
I've recently added subscriptions to my Critical Notes iOS app, using Apple's StoreKit. Here is how I hooked it all up to Firestore including server-side receipt validation.
Vapor 3 vs. Django REST Framework
A little while ago I wrote about starting a new side project, where I was using Vapor 3 to build the backend. My initial impressions were extremely positive, but I ended up running into a few issues that made working with the framework a little bit...
Struggles with Vapor 3
I am working on my very first “real” side project since 2006! Not counting a bunch of open source projects I started and maintained since 2006, no, I mean a real user-facing project with a backend, website, iOS app, the whole shebang. It’s been a...