Tag Archives: Best Practices

The Next Thing

I debated about what to write about today, especially in the wake of yesterday’s WWDC ticket frenzy, the subsequent online screaming about it, and everything else. I think in the end, Apple will do what Apple does, and that’ll be that. Enough about that. On to the next thing… a new app to develop!

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Unit Testing for Fun and Profit

How do you know if your code works? You test it of course. But, how do you test your code? Do you run it in the simulator? On your device? Is that enough? The simple answer is: No. How can we do better? Answer: Unit testing!

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Later Never Comes

What is the cost of expedience? Answer: Technical debt. How often have you had to solve a problem quickly, knowing that your solution was correct (i.e. it works), but not really how you’d have liked to do it? Sometimes the real world demands such tactics, and we think “We’ll fix it later.” But later never … Continue reading →

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Pro Tip: Data Types Matter

I made a stupid mistake recently, which cost me more than a few hours of time to figure out. But I learned a couple things: Xcode will let you dig as deep a hole as you like, despite its “assistance”, and no amount of experience is a substitute for taking your time, especially when writing … Continue reading →

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The Last Word on Many From One

It turns out that building multiple targets from one source code base is both easy and hard, both simple and complex. It all depends not only on the ultimate products you want to create, but a bit on your workflow and how you like to setup and run your project.

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Many From One, Again

Several months ago I wrote about some tricks I was using to build many targets from one code base. The rubber is meeting the road on that project as we get closer to being ready to submit to Apple, and what I thought then was the solution is turning out not to be so.

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The Stunning Utility of Global Classes

Set aside any ideas you may have that global data is evil. If you spend any time on the StackOverflow website, you’ve likely seen questions like “How do I share data from one view controller with another view controller?” The answer is: use a global class. It turns out that every class is a global … Continue reading →

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