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SALT Security Interview

by Toine Heuvelmans

January 5th, 2021

Security plays an important role in all our projects, from large to small. Secure handling of customer data and company data, but also working on and communicating about these projects in a secure manner. Which data do we store in the app and which in the back-end, is this in line with the GDPR? Which user can access which data, how do we determine who is who, and whether this is really the cas...

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App Clips Lab Day

The Size Limit

by Toine Heuvelmans

December 22nd, 2020

During our most recent Lab Day we experimented with App Clips. This new iOS feature, discussed in detail in this earlier blog post, allows potential users of your app to easily discover it and try out a single part of your app, where and when they need it most. In this post I will go into detail on the size limit for an App Clip.An App Clip should be small, such that it can be downloaded quickl...

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How we increased app usage by 250%

by Heiko Beereboom

December 17th, 2020

Launching an application is often just the first step to success. No matter how well thought out at the drawing board or evaluated and fine-tuned with intended users, it is often only the beginning of a successful mobile application. Many new factors often arise after the initial launch. Users have new wishes, the business is engaged in further optimizing the targets and the usage figures provi...

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A closer look into AppSheet

by Heiko Beereboom

October 15th, 2020

At Touchwonders we find it very important to stay informed about the latest developments in our field of work. One of the ways to keep ourselves up-to-date is by organising internal ‘innovation’ days to dive into something new. Here we focus on new tech that we find interesting and want to learn more about. Examples of previous topics are: accessibility on mobile devices part 1 and part 2, voic...

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App Clips

“If only there was an app for that!”

by Toine Heuvelmans

September 27th, 2020

At the WWDC20 this year, Apple revealed a new feature coming in iOS 14 that can drastically improve the discoverability of your app: App Clips allow you to use and experience a single part of an app, exactly when and where it is most useful. This answers that thought that we probably all have had at least once: “If only there was an app for that!” In essence, an App Clip is a small part of your...

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Reporting test coverage for Swift packages without Xcode

by Michele Volpato

August 11th, 2020

Learn how to report test coverage of Swift packages without using Xcode. By running tests in a Linux machine, you can integrate the process in your CI/CD system using a Docker container.If you use Xcode, Swift packages are the easiest way to include reusable components of Swift code in your project. You can easily add a Swift package to your project using Xcode, which uses the Sw...

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Implementing Server-Side Swift

Why we chose Vapor over Kitura

by Finn Hamers

June 30th, 2020

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Xcode 11 Themes

by Toine Heuvelmans

June 15th, 2020

Last year we took a closer look at Xcode Themes and proposed a selection of colors and fonts that not merely looks pretty, but also conveys information that supports understanding your code more easily. With the introduction of Xcode version 11 a few new syntax identifiers have been made available to themes. In this short update we will go through these new identifiers and review our Touchwonde...

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Stress Test

by Toine Heuvelmans

March 25th, 2020

Many of the mobile solutions we build rely on backend systems. When the userbase for such a mobile application is rapidly growing, it is important to know the weak spots of the environment in which the application lives. This article explains how we setup and performed a stress test at one of our clients. Example caseFor this example, we are looking at a mobile application that heavily rel...

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Accessibility (part 2)

by Nadine Popping

October 17th, 2019

Is your app / website usable by everyone? At Touchwonders, the apps that we create are never "finished" - we constantly strive to improve them. For one of our latest apps, Elevate, we were wondering if it was accessible for everyone. We tested it with the focus on 7 disabilities: Blindness, Dyslexia, Autism spectrum disorder, Physical or motor disability, Deaf or hard of hearing, Low visio...

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