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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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Accessibility (part 1)

by Nadine Popping

September 24th, 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 vision and ...

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UX design internship at Touchwonders

by Sefania Sontoidjojo

September 6th, 2019

First meetingI applied for a position as a UX intern at Touchwonders, even though they didn’t have any vacancies open. The Dutch have a saying “Nee heb je, Ja kun je krijgen”, so I took a chance and went for it. Thankfully Touchwonders were also interested in me, so they invited me for a first meeting. One of the reasons I decided to choose for Touchwonders, is that they gave me the impression ...

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A first look into SwiftUI

July 24th, 2019

Here at Touchwonders one of our credos is “Be creative and try new things”, which is why we constantly look into new and emerging technologies. At the WWDC19 SwiftUI was introduced which has a lot of potential for mobile application development. In this post I would like to focus on how I used a tiny subset of SwiftUI in one of our production apps to set up a programmatically constructed view w...

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