Weekly Roundup: Core Data vs SQLite...FIGHT!

by Aaron Brethorst | October 12, 2013

Hello, and welcome to our weekly roundup! This week, Brent Simmons continued his fantastic series of articles over on his blog about building Vesper, the note-taking application created by him, Dave Wiskus, and John Gruber. He offers up a lot of great insight into making a decision on SQLite3 vs Core Data. Speaking for myself, I actually spent a good deal of time this past week getting a handle on Marco Arment's SQLite ORM library, FCModel. And, I have to say, despite some rough edges (spoiler alert: it's still considered 'alpha'), I like it a heck of a lot better than Core Data. Sure, it doesn't do as much, but it also offers a far more simple conceptual model, and actually feels like you're interacting with a database instead of a crazy object graph system. Your mileage may vary; I'm sure there are lots of people who actually like Core Data, but I still can't count myself among them.

Meanwhile, the folks behind objc.io have put out another fantastic issue with lots of great insights into iOS 7. Like I said months ago, iOS 7 itself is a huge leap forward for the platform, but it will end up paling in comparison to the amazing new apps it will enable folks like us to create. Were I doing any greenfield iOS development today, I can't imagine any scenario under which I wouldn't only target iOS 7.

Best,
Aaron


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SWTableViewCell

SWTableViewCell

An easy-to-use UITableViewCell subclass that implements a swipeable content view which exposes utility buttons (similar to iOS 7 Mail Application)

MIT licensed.

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Core Background

Core Background

CoreBackground is a set of Objective-C classes inspired by the iOS Yahoo Weather App. It provides iOS location-based Flickr backgrounds with Gaussian blur light effects for iPhone.

As one scrolls over the foreground a Gaussian blur light effect is applied to the background. This provides for an engaging location-based UX while at the same time providing a canvas to apply readable content to the foreground. CoreBackground is a non-blocking "event-based" Objective-C block API and all rendering occurs in backing stores to preserve the main run loop. Make it be the foundation of your next iOS project today.

MIT licensed.

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IQProjectVideo

IQProjectVideo

Record the screen of the iOS Simluator.

WARNING: This project uses a private function UIGetScreenImage() to get screenshot image. You should only use this for generating project video only. You shouldn't submit apps to the app store with this.

MIT licensed.

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ADSR

ADSR

Customizable ADSR Controller

MIT licensed.

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PCSEQ

PCSEQ

EQ visualizer

Is an animated EQ visualizer that can be used for audio ios applications.

How to use:

PCSEQVisualizer* eq = [[PCSEQVisualizer alloc]initWithNumberOfBars:20]; [self.view addSubview:eq]; [eq start];

To pause the EQ call:

[eq stop];

BSD licensed.

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MCSFishEyeView

MCSFishEyeView

An OS X Dock-like control for iOS.

Apache 2.0 licensed.

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LDProgressView

LDProgressView

A flat or gradient progress view with a simple color setter and customizable options written in pure Core Graphics

MIT licensed.

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JKDataSource

JKDataSource

Helper class to make managing UITableView delegates and data sources easier.

Main Features:

  • Block callbacks for main tableView/collectionView methods
  • Proxy dataSource/delegate support for all other tableView methods
  • Ability to use list within storyboard for almost zero conf datasources
  • Live searching if enabled

MIT licensed.

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ITPullToRefreshScrollView

ITPullToRefreshScrollView

ITPullToRefreshScrollView is a subclass of NSScrollView with iOS 7 style refreshing

Apache 2.0 licensed.

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CMSCoinView

CMSCoinView

Double sided UIView subclass that flips horizontally when tapped.

MIT licensed.

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3DMultiPhotoView

3DMultiPhotoView

This is an image view control which represents multiple images on 3D octagon.

The control is available to be customized by using properties.

MIT licensed.

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GLMoveToTrashAnimation

GLMoveToTrashAnimation

Move to trash animation replica from Whatsapp.

MIT licensed.

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KSCardView

KSCardView

KSCardView is a robust, customizable, easy to use, subclass of UIView for iOS. KSCardView has built in features for supporting moving the view in the horizontal or vertical direction and performing an action if the view is dragged past an edge of the screen.

This makes for a very simple, gesture-based UI that can be incorporated into any number of apps. Any amount of subviews can be added to it just like a standard UIView.

MIT licensed.

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