Memory dump - March 2018

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Here is a summary of the best news and articles I’ve read during March 2018. The criteria are very simple - the selection is 100% subjective.

📱 iOS Development

iPhone SDK was released 10 years ago! 🎉🎉🎉 Craig Hockenberry describes his reminiscing over those exciting times when iPhone app development first began.

WWDC 2018 is officially announced! Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference will be held from June 4–8. That will be the best time to make a stock of craft beer, stay at home for a week, and replace Netflix with https://developer.apple.com/videos/.

Dave Verwer, author of iOS Dev Weekly, created iOS Dev Directory - a great collection of blogs about software development for the Apple mobile platform.

Charles Proxy is available for iOS. This well-known development tool for intercepting http and https requests and responses now has its iOS equivalent. Definitely worth the interest.

IBM Watson Services for Core ML. A combination of IBM’s question-answering supercomputer and Apple’s machine learning framework can take iOS apps to a completely new level.

👨‍💻 Software Development

GDPR - a practical guide for developers. An excellent article explaining how you should adjust software to new European data protection regulations.

Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2018 is now published. A lot of interesting insights. Kotlin is better loved than Swift, while Objective-C is among 10 of the most dreaded languages.

👩‍💻 Swift

The power of sets in Swift. Set, one of the basic collection data structures, is not as often used as array, but it does have some benefits.

First-class swift API for Objective-C frameworks. How to improve Objective-C and Swift interoperability by putting in some extra effort.

🔐 Security

NY Magazine published well-written article describing what happened behind the scenes of the arrest of MalwareTech - a malware researcher who saved the world from WannaCry.

Finally, public information about GrayKey has appeared. The inconspicuous little grey box that can unlock possibly any iPhone and seems to be a real security threat.

Calendar 2, a popular app available in the App Store mines cryptocurrency in the background. Nice reverse analysis by Patrick Wardle.

Aleksander Popko

Aleksander Popko

iOS & macOS Software Engineer

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