Week 53 Newsletter

iOS News

Code

Cloudkit Tutorial

Steve Sparks offers a demo of CloudKit, the new API in iOS 8 that gives you record-based, auto-replicating storage across all of your iOS and Mac devices.

Swift: Unit Testing Tips and Tricks

The very first obstacle to writing Unit Tests in Swift is access controls!

Structures in Swift

This is the third post in a series of posts on the name types in Swift: Enumerations, Classes and Structures.

Why the Scroll Event Change in iOS 8 is a Big Deal

If you’ve read any of the “What’s new in iOS 8 guides”, you may have noticed a change to how scroll events work.

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Design

What’s the Most Common App Icon Color?

Here's the top 100 apps, sorted into groups by their predominant background color.

A Watch App Design

Here's what an apple watch app may look like.

Balance Awareness

Motion, parallax and animations on the web can actually make people feel nauseous, dizzy, or even give them a headache.

Android News

Code

Creating Custom UIs for Wear Devices

User interfaces for wearable apps differ significantly from those built for handheld devices.

Managing Static and Dynamic Fragments

Break down the difference between static and dynamic fragments to get a better idea of how they work.

Tracking Memory from the Command Line

This command will give a nice summary of the amount of activities, views, etc. your app is holding in memory at a given time.

Design

Angular Material

The material design project for Angular is a complementary effort to the Polymer project's paper elements collection.

SnackBar

Toast-like alert pattern for Android.

An Example of Material Design

A simple and funny interaction for reviewing a user profile.