The secret world of NSTimer


In this article we’ll take a depth look at Timers and how it works; timer allows us to execute some piece of code after a timer interval one or more times. There are multiple types of clocks used to create timers and, even if apparently all ofthem run at the same rate, they still have different behaviours.

In the second part of this article I’ll present an NSTimer alternative made using GCD library which allows us to simplify our work with timer by removing memory management and thread constraints, also making our timer reusable and configurable.

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As programmers we constantly use frameworks and libraries while developing new applications. Most of you will probably never deal with frameworks or library design nevertheless a certain amount of knowledge of the topic is useful even working on standalone applications.

The following article is an introduction to the differences between these entities and how they interact to produce a consistent and maintainable product.

We will look at their different roles and scopes, when we need one or the other and the best practices for our development cycle.

The last part contains several tips to write a good library I’ve collected in these past years.

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This is my first contribution to the Swift Server Side community; during these months I’m evaluating Swift as backend language for server side programming. In fact it was not my first attempt, but during this year I’ve seen many improvements in all main server projects like Kitura and Vapor.
Moving away from NodeJS is a tricky decision but the advantages of moving to a modern language like Swift are tempting me since the first release.
So while it’s still a long path to the goal I’m slowly moving to see how I can make this a valuable solution.

With this goal in mind I’ve tried to port a first small contribution to the community by porting of the most famous library used in NodeJS in Swift; UAParserSwift is a port of ua-parser-js made for Swift server side. This library aims to identify detailed type of web browser, layout engine, operating system, cpu architecture, and device type/model, entirely from user-agent string with a relatively small footprint.

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Sometimes during the lifecycle of an application you may need to change the rootViewController  of your main UIWindow ; a typical case maybe the transition between the initial on-boarding and the home of the app (ie. a UITabBarController ).

In order to handle this edge case you may want to create a top controller (typically an UINavigationController  with invisible navigation bar) which enable you to push your new container using a standard push animation.While basically it works fine, the addition of a container used only to handle this single operation is a bit awful to see.

A way better solution is to apply an animated transition (push/pop or slide) to the rootViewController  set so you will get an animate switch from the current view controller to the new one.

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