Happy 2017

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Sorry for all the silence, but 2016 was a interesting year. I joined Oven Bits. I left Oven Bits. Consulting work ebbed and flowed. Swift continues to evolve and it’s been a lot of work to keep up with it. But I think it’s one of the best languages to come along. I even dabbled with it as a scripting language and …

Java of Antiquity

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While Swift and Objective-C might approach nil/null differently, ultimately they both allow me to do something with the syntax: Forget about it. While working in Java, dereferencing null is possible and of course leads to crashes. Thus, everywhere in code you have to do this: if (foo != null) { foo.something(); } Which becomes verbose and tiresome (and error prone). In Objective-C, if …

Open Source updates

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Apple released Xcode 7.3 and Swift 2.2, which brings a fantastic set of changes to the Swift programming language. But with those changes come breakage. Thankfully the fallout was minimal, but all 3 of our Swift open source libraries: HEAlert HEAnalytics HELargeCenterTabBarController are now updated for Swift 2.2.  

The Joys of Swift – Enums

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I’ve been using Apple’s Swift programming language fairly exclusively since around December 2014. While it started out with frustrations, I’ve really come to love and embrace the language. I cannot see going back to Objective-C – I don’t see what the gain would be. Well, in fairness, there are a few gains. The Swift toolset is still nowhere as mature as the Objective-C toolset. Xcode woes are …

From 2015 into 2016

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If I had to choose one thing that, in 2015, made a significant impact on our goings on at Hsoi Enterprises? It’d have to be Swift. Apple’s new programming language, Swift, has been a huge boon to what we’ve been doing at Hsoi Enterprises. It’s not just the open source, be it HEAlert, HEAnalytics, or HELargeCenterTabBarController. It’s general productivity. The Swift …