When iOS 14 launched this past fall, one of the most anticipated features was the ability to add widgets to your home screen. These widgets can replace an app’s icon and add interactivity and dynamic content in a larger visual footprint. For example, a weather widget can show you today’s high and low temperatures; a stocks widget can show you your portfolio’s return for the day. When this feature came out, I felt this would be the perfect opportunity for ClassPass to showcase its own widget. A natural use case would be displaying your upcoming class reservations.

Widgets are built…

In the ClassPass app, by far the most common path users take once they open it is tapping the “Find a Class” tab at the bottom and then searching for classes.

TL;DR: Use closures to create modular and concise UI components in code.

There are countless ways to implement UI components in your app. Using Storyboards is a popular option, but there are times you’ll want to lay them out programmatically. In this post, I’ll show you iterative implementations of building the same UI, a simple login screen, programmatically. First, I’ll show you the simplest approach that’s quick to write but hard to maintain. Second, I’ll show you a better approach using private helper methods. Third, I’ll show you the best way to implement UI using closures. …

As iOS developers, there are times we want to include web content inside our iOS apps. We may want to load content from a website that pairs with a native app version, or we may want to let the user open links without having to open another browser. Prior to iOS 8, we’d have to use a UIWebView which was clunky, leaked memory, and difficult to debug. After iOS 8, however, Apple deprecated UIWebView for WKWebView and introduced the modern WebKit API. The new framework dramatically improved both the performance and flexibility of adding web content into iOS apps, giving…

Ray Kim

iOS Engineer @ClassPass. https://raykim.me

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