Creating a macOS “About” screen the SwiftUI way

If you’re creating a macOS app, the About screen is that place where you get to “sign” your work. It is also the place where most developers will link to their personal web, thank contributors, etc.  For me, it’s one of the areas I work on last… When I get to it, it always feels great.  …

Badges? Gray Badges? Color Badges!

As I was working on cell badges indicating the number of to-dos pending for a given card it hit me…   The approach I was taking was good, it gave relevant and timely information… But could be much better: what if the flag changes color when you have a to-do overdue, due today, tomorrow or soon?   This …

TextField Recommendations / Autocomplete – SwiftUI macOS and iOS

Another weekend, another set of improvements for MarsManaged. This time, I focused on adding an autocompletion feature for Tags. Let me provide some context first… In MarsManaged, cards may be linked to one or multiple tags. In the below example, the “Welcome to MarsManaged!” card is linked to the tag “Samples” (yellow arrow).  To link one …

MenuBar Items in SwiftUI

Before SwiftUI you would easily add, change or remove menuBarItems from your app Storyboard. With the transition to SwiftUI however, there’s no longer a StoryBoard file to edit… So, what now? After the initial surprise, and having spent a few hours reading documentation… It’s actually a very straightforward three step process: 1. In your @main …

Preventing edits in TextFields unless cell is selected

For the ToDo section in MarsManaged, the goal is for the user to see and quickly manage their upcoming tasks.  The user should be able to easily tweak bookmarked tasks, set target dates, complete or delete them. Now, given that each cell is composed of multiple editable TextFields, it’s important to prevent unintended editing on …

Developing on the cutting edge

If you’re working on a new app using the latest Xcode & macOS Monterey betas be aware of a bug that leads to SceneStorage failures appearing on the console: Failed to restore SceneStorage with key selectedTaskId. at SwiftUI/SceneStorage.swift:105[…]Failed to restore SceneStorage with key sidebarSelection. at SwiftUI/SceneStorage.swift:105Binary[2571:23261] Checked for defaults IMKUseDistributedObjects. result is 0Binary[2571:23261] IMK will …

Struggling with a basic macOS SideBar, RowList & DetailView app in SwiftUI

Its amazing how fast you can prototype in SwiftUI, it seems like magic. At the same time, when you start to get into the details, it can be infuriating…  Let me explain… After completing the prototype last week and deciding on the key features for the app  I started implementing them. One of the very …

What differentiates good from great Project & Product Managers?

Although this blog is entirely focused on my developer-side, this is a part-time (nights and weekends) enterprise. My ‘main’ job is not in development, it has quite a bit to do with product management. **I promise you this is going somewhere** Over many years, in many roles, the one thing that I’ve seen consistently differentiate …

NewsWave 2021.5 for Mac & iOS

I’m happy to report that NewsWave 2021.5 for Mac & iOS has been submitted to the App Store.This is a minor update for both apps, focusing on improving stability and addressing minor edge case bugs.  This includes better handling of posts returning ‘NULL’ as the summary or edge case handling for certain websites, like ‘Engadget’, returning …