Bigger iPhone and side-by-side iPad apps
Apple screams loudly, no one pays attention
Apple is telling us without telling us to get ready ASAP: Bigger iPhone screens and/or iPad side-by-side applications are coming and you should get ready.
The new size class mechanism and the resizable simulator are practically screaming at us to get with it.
My suggestion is to get comfortable with Auto Layout and make . . .
Swift: Storage for extension properties
Let's get in some trouble
A little birdy told me the Swift team has stored extension properties on their roadmap, but obviously we must await some future build or even revision of the language depending on when their schedule allows for it.
In the mean time, we can use
objc_getAssociatedObject to simulate it. Unfortunately this . . .
Swift: Call by name
A blast from the past
Back when computers came with some assembly required and real men/women booted by toggling switches on the front panel, a language called Algol introduced many programmers to call-by-name parameter passing.
For many of today's languages, parameters to a function call are evaluated in the caller's context then copied to the . . .
Swift Documentation Comments
Work in Progress
Update: A bug sometimes prevents Xcode from reading SwiftDocs for files other than the current file in a framework project, so you won't always see the doc comments in Quick Help or when Option-clicking a symbol. Hopefully the bug will be fixed.
Update #2: mattt of NSHipster fame heard from a little birdie that the doc comment . . .
Can't handle it
I can't write about Rebecca Meyers and what the Meyers family is going through for the same reasons as Jason Kottke:
Sometimes parents tend to get caught up in the minutia of parenthood: the logistics of getting from one place to another without losing your shit, the weary deflection of the 34th "why?" question of . . .
Swift Arrays and Dictionaries
Clearing my confusion
While reading The Swift Programming Language, I came across a couple of sections like Collection Types and Classes and Structures: Assignment and Copy Behavior for Collection Types
The obvious first issue is
Immutability has a slightly different meaning for arrays, however. You are still not allowed to perform any . . .
Swift: Generic extensions in libraries currently broken
Just saving you some time
If you were thinking of creating a Swift framework and writing some unit tests, you should be aware of a bug. You cannot currently extend a built-in or standard library generic type with any properties or methods that require the type's generic parameters.
In other words, create a framework project in Swift and add this to a . . .