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Localization in iOS apps made simple

Angel G. Olloqui 17 March, 2013

Localizing iOS apps with the standard tools is tedious, especially when you use Interface Builder files. To resolve that, I have created a new tool called AGi18n that makes it extremely easy. But let’s first start by analyzing the existing approaches for it together with their problems, to later introduce the library and all the goodies that you get from it.

Tags: ios, libraries, agi18n, interface builder, method swizzling, i18n


iPhone5 -568h image loading

Angel G. Olloqui 28 September, 2012

With the introduction of the retina displays, Apple implemented a few changes when loading images that allowed the SDK to look for the corresponding retina image (named with a @2x convention) automatically. This was a relief for developers, as they do not needed to change the code in their apps. All an iOS developer needs to do is provide the corresponding @2x images of the non-retina ones.
Nowadays, with the introduction of iPhone5 and its bigger display, some images such as backgrounds should also be loaded from a different file or otherwise the image will be stretched. I expected that Apple would make a similar trick, this time with the -568h convention that they imposed for the Default screen. However, in this case, they do not seem to do that. WTF! Why? well, I don't know exactly why but if I try to guess I would say that it is because checking so many paths on runtime introduces a considerable lag, and in contrast with the retina version, the 568 counterparts are used rarely. They will only be applied in backgrounds and similar images, but not in small images such as icons. 

Tags: images, iphone5, method swizzling, runtime


Method Swizzling

Angel G. Olloqui 18 May, 2012

Hoy voy a hablar sobre methodSwizzling, para mí una de las técnicas más apasionantes de Objective-C. Eso sí, aviso para navegantes, estas técnicas son complejas y, según el uso que les des, pueden también ser peligrosas. Vamos a verlo!

Qué es MethodSwizzling?

Probablemente nunca hayas oído hablar de MethodSwizzling antes, o si lo habías hecho, no sepas exactamente qué es o para qué puede servir. Pues bien, ese nombre se usa para referirse simplemente a la técnica de intercambiar métodos en runtime.
Es decir, se trata de que métodos que ya existan sean cambiados por otros nuevos durante ejecución, incluso en clases que no has prgramado tú (del sistema por ejemplo). A nivel conceptual puedes entenderlo como una category o una herencia que reemplaza métodos del padre, pero el MethodSwzzling, al ser en runtime, va mucho mas allá. Ahora veremos por qué....

Tags: objective-c, runtime, ios, method swizzling