A large part of the Swift Standard Library is concerned with Generators, Sequences and Collections and functions that operate on them, so it’s pretty important to have a good understanding of them.

I was going to write a blog post about how to create and use Swift generators and sequences. But while I was trying to understand them myself, I found this post over at iOSDeveloperZone.

Go read that, and pretend that I wrote something as helpful.

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Over the past month or so I've been diving into Swift, after many years of working with Objective-C on Macs and iOS. It's been a change but, gradually, I'm learning the Swift way of doing things. On the way I've run into a few bumps in the road when dealing with Core Data, and I thought would be useful to share how I got past them. Xcode Generated Subclasses Considered Harmful This is the main impetus for this post. Most other stuff I would expect people to work around eventually, but this one is kind of big. Xcode's generated NSManagedObject subclasses are limited but useful in their own way. If you don't need much, they'll do. Everyone else would use mogenerator. That's if you're using Objective-C, though. With Swift there's a decent…

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Since iOS app extensions run as part of a host application rather than as part of their containing app (i.e. your app's extensions run in somebody else's app), data sharing isn't automatic. Finding standard locations like the documents directory doesn't work for shared data. In this post I'll go through the details of how to make it all work. Along the way I'll get into how to set up real-time messaging between apps and their extensions. Not Cocoa notifications, but a variation of file-based IPC that includes a notification system. Most of this is not actually specific to iOS extensions, though it's probably more useful with extensions than in other situations. Code snippets are included, and see GitHub for the full project. Sharing…

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iOSDevCamp Colorado was a couple of weeks ago and I did a presentation/demo on iOS app extensions. I wanted to focus on how to actually do things, so mostly I worked in Xcode rather than present from slides. But rather than paste code in as I went or (gasp!) try to do it live, I worked from a git repository I had built while developing the demo app. Every time I made a significant change, I'd commit it. During the presentation I would show some of what I was doing at each step and then jump ahead to the next commit to show the completed version. I like the idea but I need to work on doing it smoothly. One nice thing about it is that I can share the project and have it provide more information on the development process. Rather than just…

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Recently I've been working on some iOS 8 app extensions, and I've run into a few non-obvious details that might come in handy for anyone else in the same situation. Some of the following relates to bugs still in the system, and so will probably only be relevant for a limited time. Debugging: General The intended approach is simple: when you tell Xcode to run the extension, Xcode will ask you what host app you want to use. That app launches, you trigger your extension on the test device, and Xcode attaches to the extension so you can debug. The problem is that breakpoints often fail to actually pause execution, even if Xcode is attached to the process. Not for everyone, but for some of us. This can lead to paleo-style NSLog-based debugging,…

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