How to find retain cycles and memory leaks sooner

LifetimeTracker can surface retain cycle / memory issues right as you develop your application, and it will surface them to you immediately, so you can find them with more ease.

Instruments and Memory Graph Debugger are great, but too many times developers forget to check for issues as they close the feature implementation.

If you use those tools sporadicaly many of the issues they surface will require you to investigate the cause, and cost you a lot of time in the process.

Metaprogramming in Swift talk

I’ve recently spoke at CraftConf about metaprogramming in Swift using my Sourcery

You can watch the talk online:

Using protocol compositon for dependency injection

I like using composition and dependency injection, but when you need to inject each entity with multiple dependencies, it can get cumbersome fast.

As the project grows and you need to inject more dependencies into your objects, you will end up having to refactor your methods a lot of times, as we all know Xcode doesn’t help with that.

There is a more manageable way.

Stop weak-strong dance

Closures in Swift are extremely useful, they are interchangeable with functions and that creates a lot of opportunities for useful use-cases. One thing we have to be careful when using them is to avoid retain cycles.

We have to do it so often that it begs the question:

Can we improve the call-site API?

Swift Coders interview

I’ve been interviewed at Swift Coders podcast:

I’m definitely investing into a better Microphone next time I’m doing any audio recording.

Ben Scheirman from NSPodcast has good recommendations for affordable microphone


People use different words to classify Engineer skill, some companies give you more senior role just based on a number of years you have been working there, but what does it mean to be Senior?

In this article, I composed a complete and final list of API’s that you need to know to classify yourself as Senior Engineer.

Here’s a list of all the APIs you must know:

Testing iOS Apps

Writing tests in iOS apps is a touchy subject. Not everyone is so privileged to be able to write tests full-time, for different reasons.

Some people have full control over their development process and choose not to write tests, maybe because they have had a bad experience with it or they just don’t see the value in them.

I would argue that if you are part of a smaller team, tests can even be more helpful than in big corporations.

A big corporation might have dedicated QA team, but if you are one of 2 developers, then you are often responsible for ensuring quality and reliability of your work, its considerable pressure because each feature you write might break something else in your app.

Let us look at practices and tips for writing maintainable tests in your iOS Apps.

How hard would it be to adjust your iOS app in real-time?

Iterating over design that needs to be reflected in code can be tedious and time-consuming.

Typically the designer works in graphics editing software and then submits flat art to the developer who implements the design in code. Refining the design requires going through the same laborious process.

Even harder if we want to support multiple themes in our apps. How would we even approach that if we were using Interface Builder?

Let’s look at how we can approach implementing a simple library that could solve all of the above concerns.

Meta-programming in Swift

Swift has very limited runtime support and no meta-programming features.

I created a new tool that changes that, it’s called Sourcery

Using it offers many benefits:

  • Write less repetitive code and make it easy to adhere to DRY principle.
  • It allows you to create better code, one that would be hard to maintain without it, e.g. performing automatic property level difference in tests
  • Limits the risk of introducing human error when refactoring.
  • Sourcery doesn’t use runtime tricks, in fact, it allows you to leverage compiler, even more, creating more safety.
  • Immediate feedback: Sourcery features built-in daemon support, enabling you to write your templates in real-time side-by-side with generated code.

Better MVVM setup with POP and Runtime

Even if we are writing pure Swift code in our app, we still deal with Objective-C Frameworks like UIKit.

Let’s take a look at how we can improve our MVVM architecture by leveraging a little bit of Objective-C runtime and Protocol Oriented Programming.