This is the very first edition of Swiftly News! A monthly newsletter that talks about everything Swift and how it affects an iOS developer. Thank you for being one of the first to subscribe.
As you might know, Apple Arcade was announced and it is a platform users subscribe to premium games with no ads. It will be interesting to see how this works out as the market of games are shifting to a freemium game model, a free to play game with in app purchases. A great example of this is Fortnite and Pokemon-Go which allow user to purchase in game items. And, on the other side of this, if the model succeeds it may hurt other games on the App Store. Will developers be allowed to apply?
On another note, Swift 5.0 was recently released bringing many new improvements and tweaks to Swift and iOS. One of the largest updates is that Swift is now included with many of Apple’s operating systems allowing for Apps to be smaller in size as they no longer have to bundle Swift with the App. There are also many more updates to the language including updates to dictionary, strings, and dynamicallyCallable types.
I am happy to announce that I have begun working on a new App. The App will solve a personal problem of mine which allows users to keep track of their progress on an activity. I will release and show more of the project the further I get. As you know, Swiftly Dierkes is constantly evolving and changing. This month I have announced a new series called extras. This will be focused mostly on the tools developers can use to help them develop. If you don’t know already know, series are articles that currently do not have a set release date and are mainly focused on one topic. Although, in the future, I hope to update these regularly. This month brought many interesting new articles and topics, here are some of the articles I have released this month.
Submitting To WWDC
WWDC is a yearly Apple event for developers, and every year Apple holds a scholarship competition. In this article, I go over everything that I would have wanted to know when I started this competition.
Creating an iOS iMessage Sticker App
iMessage Stickers are a very fun and engaging way for illustrators, developers, and just regular people to promote and engage users to their App. In this tutorial we look at what it takes to create a sticker App, and go it to the fundamentals of a great iOS developer skill, targets.
A new series focused on the tools developers can use to help build Apps.
Github V.S. Git
Many can confuse Git with Github, yet there are many key differences between the two. Understanding the differences and similarities between the two will help you decide which solution you should use for your App.
Until Next Time!
I can’t wait to see what this month brings. Great things are ahead of us.