I’ve spent the last 6 years working as a freelance iOS Developer, building apps for iPhones and iPads. As verbose a language as Objective-C is I’ve grown to enjoy working with it. Last year, Apple launched Swift – a new, modern programming language they offered Apple App Developers an alternative means to build apps.
Swift is a succinct, modern and flexible – great! But it’s also a new language and for Objective-C Devs like myself that means even more new stuff to learn in addition to all the new APIs added in iOS 8.
Like others (not all others!) I’ve procrastinated and delayed using Swift in my apps. It’s still in it’s infancy. However, when the opportunity came up for me to present at a new Brighton-based Mobile Developer Group I decided that enough was enough and it was time to take a break from client work and focus on updating my skills.
As a large part of this learning experience I’ve been building a really cool (if I do say so myself!) iOS and Apple Watch app – an app for parents to remotely track their kids daily iPad/iPod usage via their own iPhone or it’s Apple Watch extension App. In fact the parents can even track their own usage if, like me, you find your phone hard to put down!
I’ll be blogging more about the 3 main topics covered in my presentation (Swift, Adaptive Layout and Apple Watch Dev) in the coming weeks. But for now the main purpose of this blog post is to share access to the source code and workflow videos that accompany my talk.