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Posts in 2014

August

Practical Use for Curried Functions in Swift

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An practical example of how curried functions in Swift can be useful for implementing a logger

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July

Swift KVO Substitute: Observable Variables

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My attempt to implement a KVO replacement purely in Swift

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Getting Started With Swift

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A list of key concepts to know when getting started with Swift and links to resources to stay current with its development.

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What is an Optional in Swift

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A summary with examples of what an Optional is in Swift

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Uses for Implicitly Unwrapped Optionals in Swift

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A list with concrete examples of when and when not to use Implicitly Unwrapped Optionals in Swift.

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June

7 Cool Features in Swift

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Concrete examples for some cool and practical new features in Swift that will improve the daily lives of iOS and OS X programmers.

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Swift’s Weird Handling of Basic Value Types and AnyObject

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Basic value types like String and Int can be secretly converted to Objective-C types like NSString and NSNumber. This has some interesting effects and implications.

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March

Testing Asynchronous Code in Objective-C

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Testing asynchronous code in Objective-C can be a real pain unless you make one simple change to the way you program it in the first place.

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Better UIAlert Handling and Easier Testing

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A more declarative and testable way to display alerts in iOS.

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February

Be A Better Indie - 5. Listen to Podcasts

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A list with descriptions of the main podcasts that have made me a better developer and keep me informed.

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Be A Better Indie - 4. Create a Singular To-Do List

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The way that I handle my to-do list so that I stay on task with minimal effort.

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Devise: determine unconfirmed, confirmed, or not signed in user

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While developing a Rails backend using Devise for user management, I ran into trouble determining a user's status. This is how I solved that problem.

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Be A Better Indie - 3. Trim Your Incoming Email

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I hate being constantly distracted by incoming emails. To solve this problem I decided to drastically reduce the amount of emails I receive. This is how I did that.

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January

Be A Better Indie - 2. Accept, appreciate, and, channel the stress

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Being and independent developer can be extremely stressful. It is important that you learn to accept, appreciate, and channel to turn it into something positive.

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10 Ways to Be a Better Independent Developer

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A series of posts about how to be a better independent developer

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Be A Better Indie - 1. Cultivate A Support Structure

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No person is an island. It is virtually impossible to be successful in anything that you do without having a good support structure around you.

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