What is the difference between setNeedsLayout, layoutIfNeeded and layoutSubviews? Quick Notes.

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When the user taps an on App icon, iOS creates an instance of UIApplication which runs on the main thread. This main thread processes all UI events such as touch, location updates etc.

After app launched successfully, it becomes available for the user to do interactions with it and every single interaction which known as an event is processed in a FIFO manner.

Now while events are being processed there may come some UI update requests which aren’t get fulfilled immediately. Instead, the system waits until the existing process finishes and the next redraw cycle comes. There is a periodic interval between the event processing and UI layout handling. The setLayoutNeeded() and layoutIfNeeded are two UIView’s methods here to ask the system for updating the view with new changes.

The setNeedsLayout() tells the system that you want the view and all it’s subviews to be redrawn in the update cycle.

Here is What Apple’s doc says on this, “Call this method on your application main thread when you want to adjust the layout of a view’s subviews. Note that it returns immediately (Async call) because it does not force an update, it waits for the next update cycle”.

Whereas layoutIfNeeded() is an async call which tells the system that you want the view and it’s subviews to be redrawn immediately without waiting for the next update cycle.

UIView have one more method named layoutSubviews() which you can use for your own implementation to set the frame of your view directly by overriding it. And since it’s default implementation uses the constraints you have given to determine it’s size and positions to get the frame, you should override it unless autoresizing and constraint behavior is not working for you as expected.

In short use setNeedsLayout(), if you are okay with the system to update it in the next upcoming update cycle and use layoutIfNeeded() if you want it to be updated immediately.

Thanks for reading.

Swift | Open source projects for learning and developers to follow on twitter

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Announced in 2014, the Swift programming language has quickly become one of the fastest growing languages in history. Swift makes it easy to write software that is incredibly fast and safe by design.

Blog for developers to highlight, top 10 trending open source to learn.

  1. MessageViewController A SlackViewController replacement written in Swift, compatible with iPhone X, iOS12. Created by Ryan Nystrom
  2. Swift interpreter for Pascal language (Inspired from Ruslan’s Blog). Created by Igor Kulman
  3. CollectionViewSlantedLayout subclass of the UICollectionViewLayout allowing the display of slanted cells in a UICollectionView.Created by Yassir Barchi
  4. Mint Package manager that installs and runs Swift command line tools, created by Yonas Kolb
  5. CryptoSwift Collection of standard and secure cryptographic algorithms implemented in Swift. Created by Marcin Krzyzanowski
  6. CocoaDebug Debugger tools for iOS supports Swift and Objective C, created by CocoaDebug
  7. iOS-Depth-Sampler Examples of Depth APIs in iOS, created by Shuichi Tsutsumi
  8. Universal Link Testing  It fetches and parses apple-app-site-association file for you to quickly check whether Universal Links are working. created by Ethan Huang
  9. Swift Syntax Set of Swift bindings for the libSyntax library. It allows for Swift tools to parse, inspect, generate, and transform Swift source code. Created by Apple
  10. WhatsNewKit Showcase your awesome new app features, Created by Sven Tiigi

 

Thanks for reading!

Swift Keynotes: classes & structs

  • Structs are the value type.

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  • Classes are the reference type.

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  • Properties of a constant instance of the struct are immutable because struct’s instance own the whole object and by declaring it as a constant means the whole object itself will be immutable.

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  • Properties of a constant instance of the class are mutable as class’s instance owns the object’s reference thus by declaring it as a constant only means that the further reference assignment can’t be done.

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  • Structs are blessed with default member-wise initializer but classes are not.

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  • Structs are preferable when they are small and copyable.
  • With Structs, there is much less need to worry about memory leaks or multiple threads racing to access/modify a single instance of a variable.
  • Since struct instances are allocated on the stack, and class instances are allocated on the heap, structs can sometimes be drastically faster (but it still depends on how many values you’re storing and the size/structure.)
  • In a multi-threaded environment, for instance, with a database connection that’s opened in a different thread, structs are safer. They can be copied from one thread to another thread, without running the risk of a race condition or deadlock. Classes do not have this inherent safety unless they’re deliberately made thread-safe.

Thanks a lot for reading it.

WWDC 2018 | Keynote |Quick Notes | 2 mins

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“Today is all about Software,” Apple CEO Tim said as he took the stage at WWDC 2018.

It all started with statistics.

  • 20 million iOS developers
  • 500 million weekly app store visits
  • 81% using iOS 11 where only 8% using latest Android
  • Developers earned 100 million through App Store

 

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iOS

  • New iOS 12 will be released as a free update, every model back to the 5S will get a performance boost.
  • ARKit, second generation, which included a lot of cool updates, most interesting is the ability for multiple users to observe and interact with the same environment from different angles.
  • Apple Screen time, now iOS 12 will tell you how much time you’re spending with your iPhone and which are the apps.
  • Do not disturb a lot of improvements, while you are sleeping will hide the notification, one step one time notifications.
  • Photos, with iOS 12 they have revamped it. Allowing more search options driven by AI, share the photos through iMessage.
  • Siri, it’s handling 10 billion requests per month and now Apple is allowing you to interact with it more, create shortcuts to trigger app features.
  • Animojis, more personal now. It’s super accurate, face-tracking and tongue tracking capabilities. Surely it will feel you very familiar.
  • Group FaceTime, now chat with 32 people at once with emoji, sticker, and other effects support.

iOS Apps updates

  • Stocks, new UI with better performance
  • Apple News app.
  • Apple iBooks getting a redesign and a new name.
  • Voice Memos, iPad getting it for the first time and recording will be now synced to iCloud.

 

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watchOS

So far biggest functions of the Apple iWatch is fitness, now Apple adding more components which let you challenge your friends.

  • Automatic workout detection using your heart-beats(once you stop working out your heart rate decreases, so it will automatically stop).
  • Walkie-Talkie, Texting/phone are tough using watch screen so Apple added an instant audio messaging app called walkie-talkie (uses the wifi or cellular to interact with other devices).
  • Siri on Watch, allow third-party apps to show you more information. Now just lift your wrist and start talking it means no more “Hey Siri”.
  • Podcasts app is coming on your wrist.

 

Quick Notes | Swift classes into Objective-C Code when you have multiple targets.

How to use Swift classes into Objective Code when you have multiple targets.

For using Swift classes in Objective-C Code when you have one target in your app. We generally need to andimport TargetName-Swift.h next to add support in your Swift file you need to inherit if from NSObject or use @objc flag.

What if you have multiple targets in your codebase? As you cannot import, TargetNameA-Swift.h TargetNameB-Swift.h etc. In that case, you can tell the compiler that not to create Swift module specific to target change it to project name because the project will be same and unique.

For achieving this select your every target, Build Settings and change the build configuration.

Objective-C Generated Interface Header Name —> replace  $(SWIFT_MODULE_NAME)-Swift.h that is specific to the each target, with ​​​​$(PROJECT_NAME)-Swift.h

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Later import PROJECT_NAME-Swift.h in your Objective C code to make use of your Swift code.

iOS Wireless Install, Debug Builds using WiFi | Quick Notes

Yes, correct you heard it right. It was the most awaited feature because nobody wants to spend a lot on Apple connectors, haha. But unfortunately, I don’t see people are utilizing this features. So here we go with one to kick start.

Prerequisites:

  1. iOS device with later or iOS 11 OS version.
  2. MacBook with macOS 10.12.4 or later.
  3. Xcode IDE with 9 or later
  4. Developer Macbook and iOS device should be on same WiFi network.

I hope after reading prerequisites you are clear about what is gonna happen. Let’s move on further steps.

Step: 1 Here you need your connector cable for first and yes last time. Connect your iOS device and open Xcode.

Step 2: Switch to,Window,Devices and Simulators options, below is the screen for reference.

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Step 3: Just enable the optionConnect via network.

Step 4: Sometimes it will ask you to provide your iOS device IP to enter but in my case, it didn’t ask.

Thanks for reading!

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.