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Exploring AttributedString and custom attributes

WWDC’21 brought new APIs for creating attributed strings. AttributedString is a new value type which provides a type-safe API for dealing with attributes, its also localizable, supports limited amount of Markdown syntax, and can be even archived and unarchived thanks to the Codable support. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the new API and will compose some attributed strings. In addition to AttributedString type, there are many supporting types. For example, AttributeContainer is a collection of attributes which can be applied to the attributed string with one… Read more Exploring AttributedString and custom attributes

An overview of the time profiler in Instruments

Instruments is an application bundled with Xcode. It enables to measure application performance in variety of ways. Performance is extremely important as it keeps application responsive and in other things less CPU usage also means longer battery life. Time profiler is one of the instruments which can be used for measuring your application. What it does is that it samples the application 1000 times per second and records function backtraces in each of the sample. It gives a pretty good overview of what the application was doing when the information… Read more An overview of the time profiler in Instruments

Measuring collections with Apple’s Swift Collections Benchmark

Apple’s swift-collections package contains data structure implementations which have more specific use-cases and therefore not fitting into the Foundation. Along with collections Swift package Apple also released swift-collections-benchmark package which implements benchmarking. As like with any other Swift package we can use the benchmarking package for our own purposes as well. Therefore, in this blog post let’s take a look on how to use the benchmarking package. Step one is to create a new Swift package with executable target which will be used to run benchmarks. In Xcode’s File menu… Read more Measuring collections with Apple’s Swift Collections Benchmark

Code coverage for Swift Packages with Fastlane

Package.swift file in Swift packages describes the package contents including other dependencies, build targets and so on. Double-clicking a Package.swift file opens Xcode with that package and one can build and run tests. When adding continues integration to a Swift package then we would like to build, test, and also create a code coverage report. Fastlane is an excellent tool for such tasks and therefore let’s take a look on how to achieve that for packages with iOS target. Code coverage support needs to be explicitly set and this can… Read more Code coverage for Swift Packages with Fastlane