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Languages, frameworks, and tools, oh my!

A lot has changed since I spent time building websites. Figuring out where to start is slightly overwhelming. Around ever corner there is a decision: less or sass? grunt or gulp? django or rails? handlebars vs mustache vs angular? Without too many restrictions it’s easy to get lost in the sea of choice. So here are my criteria for choosing the technology for this project: Handles front and back end APIs are first-class citizens Connects with multiple kinds of databases Uses a sane front-end templating system Able to automate deployment Language Most people usually pick a language before picking a framework to use.

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One of my goals for 2016 is to successfully complete a side project. I haven’t had a personal side project since college, and I’ve been wanting to round out my experience with more web development. This isn’t my first web rodeo, but I haven’t worked on a majority-web project since 2012. It was in Rails 3, used Bootstrap 2, and GOSH was it fantastic. So what am I going to build?

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The Project File Part 2: Schemes and Targets

Welcome to part 2 of my Project file series! Before reading this post, I suggest familiarizing yourself with part 1. Schemes and targets are the building blocks of apps in Xcode. Every app has at least one scheme and one target. Just like everything else in Xcode’s build system, these have representations on disk that are used to keep track of the settings needed to build. Terminology Before digging into some of the details on how schemes and targets work, there are a number of terms that need to be defined.

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Test Logs in Xcode

Apple spent the week of WWDC touting the new testing features in Xcode 7. One thing they failed to mention both this year and last was the persistence of test results to disk. These files and folders are not officially documented, so if you decide to rely on them make sure to check a new version of Xcode doesn’t break anything. This post will be updated to reflect changes as needed.

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The Project File Part 1: Composition

The project file, specifically the project.pbxproj, is the closest thing to taboo we deal with on a regular basis as iOS developers. We tip toe around it, because we don’t want to break it. After all, without this file we can’t compile, and if we can’t compile, we can’t build apps. Object Graph At it’s heart, this file is an object graph. All of these objects correspond with some sort of action you do in Xcode.

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