git cherry-pick

How to cherry-pick a library fix?

I’ve done this so many times, but every time I do it with hesitance. It’s usually because I’m not certain I’m finding the right commit or if I’m applying it the right way. These steps explain the process and how to validate that you’re doing thins the right way. Find out the library version that your release is using. Check out that version of your library. Create a new branch off that version....

April 5, 2022 · 2 min

Whats the Difference Between Unowned and Weak References?

TIL I finally learned when to use unowned as opposed to using weak. Under the hood: unowned is essentially a force-unwrap of a weak capture, with all that it entails. Because of this using it slightly more dangerous. Crash danger: Accessing an unowned reference while it’s nil will cause a crash. Compilation error: Every weak reference, must be an optional property. Otherwise you’ll get a compilation error: weak var delegate: DataEntryDelegate = DataHandler() // ERROR: 'weak' variable should have optional type 'DataEntryDelegate?...

March 11, 2022 · 3 min

How (Fidelity) Stocks Work?

I know this blog is mainly an engineering blog, but this is something I struggled to learn and thought blogging my findings would be helpful for my friends who want to learn about their investments or evaluate and compare offers. The following are a result of my findings after an hour long phone call with Fidelity representative. I opened the chat section in my browser and asked to speak with someone....

March 2, 2022 · 8 min

UIApplication BackgroundTasks Through The Lens of Closures

The sync closure func processTwoNumbers(_ num1: Int, _ num2: Int, handler: (Int, Int) -> ()) { handler(num1, num2) } processTwoNumbers(10, 22, handler: { num1, num2 in print(num1 + num2) }) In the above, the handler is called in a sync matter. Same as below (1...100).forEach { val in print(val) } print(101) Uniqueness: The block passed in is executed immediately at the call site. The async closure — block isn’t stored. enum Result { case success(Data?...

February 22, 2022 · 5 min
git branch synopsis

How to Read Git Documentation

I used to find it super hard to read git syntax. I didn’t know what what --, <>, [], ..., |, (), etc meant. Turns out, it’s a whole lot easier than you think. The synopsis contains a list of most likely forms you’d try. But sometimes the synopsis is just one big long synopsis where all the options are thrown in at once. This can make it hard to understand the different ways of using the options and commands....

February 11, 2022 · 6 min
Flight manifest

What is Manifest.lock File?

When you get on a plane, the crew members make sure everyone that checked in, is actually on the flight. If someone doesn’t board, then the plane either stays until they board or remove them and their luggages from the plane. It’s a safety check. CocoaPods does something similar. But before we dive deep into what a Manifest.lock file is, we should learn about the two schools of thoughts when it comes to dependencies....

February 9, 2022 · 4 min

What is UITransitionView about?

I was using Xcode’s View Hierarchy and noticed this UITransitionView in my view hierarchy. ... UIWindow UITransitionView FooVC UITransitionView BarVC This was odd because I was expected a view hierarchy as such: ... UIWindow UITransitionView FooVC BarVC What made it more perplexing was that the canvas was showing things correct, but the View Hierarchy didn’t make sense. To be clear on jargon, the following is the name of each section of Apple’s view debugger:...

February 1, 2022 · 1 min

Why can't Xcode show the caller?

Download the sample project if you want. You don’t have to though. The project doesn’t even need to be ran. It’s just provided for context. I’m going to discuss two gotchas I hade with Xcode. For quite some time I thought a fix was coming, then I realized this is because I didn’t fully understand the difference between an interface (or protocol) with a concrete type. Find Call Hierarchy not working: Have you ever right clicked on a function -> Find -> Find Call Hierarchy, but then wondered why Xcode doesn’t show you where the function is getting called from?...

January 4, 2022 · 3 min

Swift Protocol Compile Time Check

I always thought that if you just use {get} on a protocol variable, then you can still set it i.e. it doesn’t matter if you give it a setter or not. That’s not true. It really depends on which compiler checks come in to place. Compiler checks are different depending on the type you want a variable to be. Can you guess which of the two snippets will compile? Snippet A...

December 30, 2021 · 2 min