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When the iOS SDK says “Jump,” ask “How High?”

Bryan Irace
September 26, 2014

When the iOS SDK says “Jump,” ask “How High?”

Slides from the Brookyln iOS Developer Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/The-Brooklyn-iPhone-and-iPad-Developer-Meetup/events/205984482/), given at Stack Overflow on 9/25/2014.

Bryan Irace

September 26, 2014

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  1. When the iOS SDK says “Jump,” ask “How high?” Bryan

    Irace September 25, 2014
  2. None
  3. “Hardest problems in software development” 4 Naming things 4 Cache

    invalidation 4 Off-by-one errors 4 Deciding when to adopt new technologies
  4. Adopting new technologies: pros 4 New capabilities 4 Cleaner code

    4 Indeterminate potential future benefits
  5. Adopting new technologies: cons 4 Maintain backwards compatability 4 Learning

    curve 4 Premature 4 Spending time replacing working code instead of building something new
  6. iOS apps warrant faster adoption than other platforms

  7. None
  8. None
  9. Assume  has big plans for the technologies they push

    Adopt accordingly
  10. UICollectionView Added in iOS 6

  11. UICollectionView iOS 7: UICollectionViewTransitionLayout

  12. NSURLSession Added in iOS 7

  13. NSURLSession iOS 8: Extensions

  14. Asset catalogs Added in iOS 7

  15. Asset catalogs iOS 8: Vector assets

  16. Storyboards Added in iOS 5

  17. Storyboards iOS 8: Universal storyboards

  18. Auto Layout Added in iOS 6

  19. Auto Layout iOS 8: Universal storyboards, self- sizing table view

  20. Size classes Added in iOS 8 (June)

  21. None
  22. Swift Added in iOS 8

  23. Swift WatchKit? Apple TV SDK?

  24. None
  25. “I prefer using a C-based language” “Generics are ugly” “I

    can't work without header files”
  26. Use whichever tools will allow you to make the best

    apps both today and tomorrow
  27. Takeaways 4 Only support the latest OS version (if possible)

    4 Adopt new frameworks early-ish 4 Use these examples to justify the upfront cost
  28. Start learning Swift (I need to take my own advice)

  29. Show your manager these slides if needed

  30. Thank you @irace