Benefits of Storyboards | iOS

Lots of developers consulted with me regarding on how to use storyboard with too many team members like when you have 20 developers on your team? So I have collected my thoughts on that today. I have used Storyboard as well as XIB so here are my thoughts on both.

  • Storyboards are the really nice way to see complete application flow without running into Simulator, you can see the screen flow and the navigation between them, it’s one of key thing that makes your application architecture better.
  • For a larger team of multiple developers it’s really difficult to use the same storyboard because at the end it’s XML file so really very hard to merge and you will end up with a lot of conflicts, So I have noted, a lot of developers suggest XIB here but I don’t see any reason why they choose XIB and I think the best idea is the divide the complete application in different storyboard according to their use-case, that is the first activity I always do, divide complete app into as much as possible storyboard you can (but it’s not like 1 storyboard for 1 ViewController) and use storyboard reference to connect them.
  • I worked in rapid prototype development (deliver the complete application in 15-20 days, developed POC in 7 days) so the biggest benefit that I earned from storyboard is Mock-up, I can create complete app mock-up without writing a single line of code and really easy to manage the transition between views.
  • Few issues that I feel with the storyboard is, it fails at runtime means if you made a mistake with segue name, the class doesn’t exist etc. Yes, it gives issue at compile as well only if you didn’t merge it properly (merge conflicts with XML tags).
  • Using Storyboard, no need to run your app on the different simulator to verify the UI, it gives you fantastic feature called preview (Click on the Assistant editor, select your storyboard, choose automation to preview).
  • Developers say it’s harder to reuse the code in storyboard but my opinion is, first think and implement, try to use mix approach with the storyboard, XIB (wherever requires use XIB to make it reusable on different storyboards).
  • Yes, storyboard creates an issue when you create one in Xcode 8 and try to open it in Xcode 7 but lots of developers already raised this concern with Apple so hopefully, we will hear something from Apple soon.

Thank you for reading! Please do share your thoughts if any.

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