As an iOS developer working at a startup focused in collaborative development, I’ve been involved in several projects so far, and most of them share common tasks such as downloading and caching images, performing network requests, and building Auto Layout views.
At first, I had a flow that I thought was good enough to accomplish these basic tasks (or any other, for that matter):
- Try to implement using the iOS SDK
- Get stuck at a problem that doesn’t have a straightforward solution
- Look up the solution on StackOverflow and implement it
- Move on to the next task
That seemed like a good flow at first, but got a bit tiresome in the long run – after all, nobody likes to hack for a living.
Let’s face it: developing scalable front-end code isn’t piece of cake. No matter how well-structured the framework/architecture you’re using is, everything will be converted to ye olde HTML, CSS and (vanilla) JS.
Well, the good news is the open-source community already created solid frameworks (like AngularJS and ReactJS) to make your life incredibly easier, so you can work on high-level code and nevermind the hardcore stuff.
This brings up a new scenario, though – after getting used to building things the old-fashioned way (or not-so-old-fashioned, with tools like Backbone.js or Ember.js), you’ve decided to try what is trending on front-end development now: ReactJS, using the Redux architecture. You got excited with the possibilities this opens (and – oh my! – the ability to ditch jQuery once and for all), and, after working for a few weeks you realize that your code is a total mess.
A common way to describe a product development process is with the Design – Front-end – Back-end stack. This approach takes into account the disciplines involved on the process, and though it helps making things understandable, the distinction enforces the idea that the process is linear and phase-dependent.
This linear flow can also be defined as the waterfall model, and it’s rather common in the web industry. All pages are designed upfront, then a set of mockups are handed off to be translated into front-end code, and then, after all of that, the back-end logic is created. This causes an isolation of professionals on each phase, which leads to a series of implementation issues, mostly due to the difficulty of foreseeing all details and use cases on the early stages.
It also leads to the notion that there’s “my work” and “your work”. It’s not rare to hear developers saying: “Designers can’t touch my code!” or designers complaining that “The front-end developer messed up my layout!”. This creates barriers to the process. As obvious as it might sound, everyone is working towards the same goal: building outstanding products. And a more collaborative process is the way to achieve that.
Android is an awesome platform that enables you to impact millions of users, but, even after so many years in the market, there are still several basic problems that are still a pain to solve and haven’t been included in Android’s core Software Development Kit.
In order to solve these key problems, I’ll point some great tools and libraries – developed by the Android community – that are widely used and a breeze to work with. They are all open source, available on GitHub and actively maintained. Now, let’s start!
In the past few years, websites have evolved into complex web applications, and what once was land of simple business informative pages, now is home to Facebook, Slack, Spotify and Netflix, changing the way you communicate, listen to music or watch movies. Front-end development has reached a new level and now requires more attention than it used to.
However, when an application grows considerably, a couple of issues start being more frequent than expected: you forget to update all places where a value is displayed in the UI, no events are bound to the content added by AJAX, just to name some — this list can be very long. These are signs that your code is not maintainable, especially when developing together with a team. Using a front-end framework provides a formal way to write collaborative code that you can read, write and update.
When developing an iOS app, it’s important to think about what iOS project architecture you should use. Most developers use the pattern suggested by Apple: the so-called MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture. However, as well-established as it is, the MVC has its flaws. For one, because of its simplicity, it leads even the most experienced engineers to put any code that doesn’t belong to a View nor to a Model in the Controller’s logic – generating huge chunks of code in the controller and really compact views and models.
In this post, we’ll present VIPER, one of the trending alternatives to MVC that might help you overcome its limitations while keeping your code modular and well-organized, improving your development process.
Working with virtual teams is a big trend in the software development industry, as the globalization of labor is the only viable way to scale the growth of the sector. New technologies in virtual reality, high-speed Internet connection and communication tools open exponential options for virtual collaboration, and will reformat what globalization looks like. In the future, you’ll be able to sit in a meeting room anywhere in the world with whomever you’ve organized that with. You might not be able to shake their hands, but here are the best practices – and tips – on how to best work with those virtual co-workers:
CSS was designed to be a very simple and intuitive language. Its basic purpose is to define selectors to target HTML elements and apply attributes to them. Easy to grasp and start applying. When working on large and complex projects, though, some CSS features might be a little trickier to deal with.
Its cascading feature, for example, allows properties to be overridden by other selectors according to its order on the sheet or by selector specificity. Also, elements inherit properties from their parents on the DOM. Without proper organization, this can quickly get out of hand and messy. That’s where an architecture comes to help.
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