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Tools Test Development

Android automated UI tests: the baby steps

Since I started building apps I was sure of only two things: one is that I love seeing users enjoying my apps; and the second is that I hate seeing users clicking everywhere and crashing them. So how can I be sure that my users will be able to have a joyful experience (even with those features that are hidden 15 clicks away and that I don’t even remember they exist anymore)? By testing them all!

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Tools Technical Development

Apollo – The GraphQL client that makes API integration a breeze

Integrating apps and servers is not an easy task, we all know that. Even with great tools like Alamofire and Retrofit there are still a lot of things to take care of in the app side: different endpoints, encoding / decoding JSON strings, API versions, data consistency and so on…

Recently I have worked in a project with server integration and we had the opportunity to choose new technologies to work with and to try to avoid some of these problems. The choice was a GraphQL server and in the app side the Apollo framework.

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Development

The Case for Clojure and GraphQL: Replacing Django

In the last few months, I worked on two projects that were similar in scope and complexity; both were API backends for mobile apps, had similar requirements and timeframes. However, one thing set them apart: one was written in Django + REST while the other was written in Clojure + GraphQL.

Since I was the main developer for both projects, I was able to make useful comparisons between both approaches. In this post, I’ll describe the pros and cons of each.

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Technical Mobile Development

How custom UI controls in Xcode’s Interface Builder boosted my UI development

To use or not to use Xcode’s Interface Builder (let’s call it IB) is a very common discussion between iOS developers. There are many arguments against using it like version control issues and difficulties in debugging. This post in our blog have some considerations about it for example. But I believe that if the project is well structured and the team knows how to use it, these issues can be avoided and IB can become a very powerful tool.

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Development Design

Dear designers, love your developers because they’ve learned display grid – and you’ve done it too

Depending on your journey as a designer, you may be used to the freedom that graphic media allows: to create overlaps/overlays or to elaborate compositions and grids that fill all the paper with pretty organized photos and texts. However, why is it so hard to build a web page with this same freedom? Fortunately the capacity to build these layouts have been improving and what’s best: it is so simple that you can start using it right now!

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Opinion Mobile

iOS Architectures: Should I use VIPER?

If you are familiar with iOS trending topics, you certainly already know VIPER. It’s an alternative to MVC (Model View Controller) pattern and it was already explained in our blog. If you haven’t read yet, I strongly recommend you to do it.

There is a lot of content on the web talking about the VIPER miracles and how this new architecture is much better than the previous ones. But you always have to ask some questions before putting your efforts and resources into an “unknown path”.

On this article, I will clarify some questions about the VIPER workflow and if you should be using it on a new project – or even on your old running app.

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Development About Us

The Soft-Start of a Software Developer

In this article I’m going to share with you the recipe that Cheesecake Labs uses to prepare its Cakers, by giving them the special ingredients to bake a Cheesecake using the right temperature – or as it might be said in other companies, how CKL makes the first days of the new employees a good experience and how to get them started at our projects.

At the time this post was written, I had been a Caker for a bit longer than two months. Now, I want to show the experience of becoming one from the hiring process until the first great achievement, which in my case, was an app release at the Store.

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