Mon, Mar 30
Xcode Plugin: Access Xcode Features from Keyboard

Pedro Gomes on XCActionBar:

“If you use Alfred, LaunchBar, QuickSilver or other similar products (and if you don’t, you really should!), then you already know what this is all about.”

I work in a manner similar to Pedro, I’m most efficient when my my hands are on the keyboard (versus reaching for touchpad/mouse). With XCAxctionBar, it’s all about running commands to directly access Xcode features.

Check out the demos.

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Fri, Mar 27
Build Native iOS Apps Using JavaScript

Familiar with JavaScript? Looking to build native iOS apps?

React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React.”

Facebook, creator’s of React Native, use the platform for a number of production applications.

Thu, Mar 26
Functional, Declarative Approach to Building a User Interface

ComponentKit puts a unique spin on describing and building a user interface:

“It lets you focus on what your UI should look like, not the steps necessary to build it. It emphasizes a one-way data flow from immutable models to immutable components that describe how views should be configured. It does the heavy lifting of building a view hierarchy from this description.”

This is a powerful concept, moving from code specific statements (e.g layoutSubviews) to more a more generic idea such as “stack these UI elements, one atop the other.”

Wed, Mar 25
as? Operator for Objective-C

SwiftyAs provides similar functionality to the as? operator in Swift, allowing for safer type casts. So how is this accomplished in Objective-C? Tom Adriaenssen:

“SwiftyAs introduces a category on NSObject, providing a readonly block property taking a Class and returning an id. The class represents the desired type.”