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Building a list view with collection view in UIKit

UICollectionViewCompositionalLayout was an important change to how we create collection view layouts. In iOS14 Apple added a new static function to this class which creates a layout object for list views. Meaning, it is very easy to create a list views which look like a table view we are familiar with. The static list() function takes a configuration object UICollectionLayoutListConfiguration which allows further to configure the appearance of the header view. For example, supplementary header views are enabled here. In this blog post, we’ll create a list view with a… Read more Building a list view with collection view in UIKit

UIKit navigation with SwiftUI views

Recently I was asked a question about creating an app which has SwiftUI views but no navigation logic in it. Instead, UIKit controls how views are presented. It is a fair question since SwiftUI views have navigation support, but not everything is there if we need to support previous iOS versions as well, or we have a case of an app which have both UIKit and SwiftUI views. Therefore, let’s take a look at on one approach, how to handle navigation on the UIKit side but still use SwiftUI views.… Read more UIKit navigation with SwiftUI views

Using a multi component picker in a SwiftUI form

SwiftUI has a Picker view available with multiple different styles. One example of when it falls short is when we want to use a multi component picker with wheel style. One way how to try to achieve this is using a HStack with two Picker views, but it does not work very well, especially when trying to show it inside a Form view. So what else we can do? If something can’t be done in SwiftUI then we can use UIKit instead. In my case, I wanted to create a… Read more Using a multi component picker in a SwiftUI form

Sorting data with KeyPathComparator

KeyPathComparator was added to Foundation in iOS 15 and macOS 12. The KeyPathComparator is used by defining a key path which is used for fetching a value for comparison. Values are then compared with a SortComparator. In the simplest form we do not need to create the SortComparator ourselves and instead, ComparableComparator is created automatically. But if the value is String then String.StandardComparator.localizedStandard is used instead of ComparableComparator. All in all it is pretty much the similar to NSSortDescriptor which was used for sorting NSArray and NSMutableArray. New comparator types… Read more Sorting data with KeyPathComparator

Focusing views in SwiftUI

WWDC’21 introduced APIs for managing focus in SwiftUI. When dealing with multiple focusable views, we can create an enum for representing these and use the new @FocusState property wrapper along with focused() view modifier, where each of the focusable view binds its focus to an enum case. This can look like this: In this example we have FormEntry enum which represents focusable elements in the view. Each of the view has a focused() view modifier, which binds the current focus state to the text field if it matches with the… Read more Focusing views in SwiftUI

Presenting sheets with UISheetPresentationController

Another welcomed change what WWDC’21 brought us was UISheetPresentationController. The sheet presentation controller makes it extremely easy to present sheets like the ones which just take a half of the screen. It allows us to configure the sheet size with detents where there are currently two of them: medium and large. The medium detent means that the sheet takes about the half of the screen height, and the large detent means that the full screen is covered with the sheet. Additionally, we can configure some other visual aspects like corner… Read more Presenting sheets with UISheetPresentationController

Getting started with UIButton.Configuration on iOS

UIButton.Configuration API was introduced in WWDC’21 with a goal of making it easier to create buttons with many styles, sizes, colours etc. Configurations API comes with functions for creating common button configurations: filled(), bordered(), borderedProminent(), borderedTinted(), borderless(), plain(), gray(), tinted(). These configurations can be further customized. One benefit of the API is that it will take care of different states of the button like highlighted, disabled, hovered and so on and applies different styling based on the state. Most of the time that is all we needed, but additionally we… Read more Getting started with UIButton.Configuration on iOS