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All this year, I’ve been using BitRise for iHog. Let me tell you, this has been amazing. Here are my top 3 reasons why I like continuous integration, CI. This can be done with generally any CI ⁠tool, but I used BitRise because I had previously heard about them on podcasts and have seen their ads. They are also mobile focused, which gave me a really good feeling choosing them.

I can’t be the only iOS developer that has forgotten to change the build number to push a build to TestFlight. With CI, I will never forget again. I was…

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[00:00:00] Hey, y’all so welcome to another vlog of mine. Um, today we’re going to do a lot talking head number one, right? Happy pride month. Yay. Rainbows also gay gayness, queerness, LGBT. If you’re part of that LGBTQIA plus all the letters, then like happy you month and make sure you keep we keep everyone accountable past this month, just because it’s one month.

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[00:00:29] It doesn’t mean that’s the only month we get to be proud and we…

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In this video, I discuss what exactly the material background modifier is. It was introduced at WWDC 2021. It’s a nifty little modifier that can be quite useful!!

Full transcript below. It was autogenerated using Descript, so there may be some errors.

[00:00:00] Hey y’all. So in this video, I’m going to walk you through how to add a material background to SwiftUI elements, like a text or a label. This was announces at WWDC 2021, and only currently works in Xcode 13 beta. So make sure you have those downloaded. Nothing’s really available public yet. …

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There’s no doubt that the M1 showed us the power that won Craig Federighi over at WWDC 2020. It’s also won me over in the last month-ish of use. Here is what I use an M1 Mac Mini for:

  • iOS App Development
  • Live Streams
  • Photo Editing
  • Video Editing

It’s been great and has held up like a beast so far.

Now, Apple announced last week that the new iPad Pros were going to be built using the M1, which means the same brain from my M1 Mac mini will be in the iPad Pro. Like me, you’re probably wondering, does…

In the past couple of posts, I’ve been using the command line to interact with Git, but you don’t have to do that! You can actually use an application to do git commands. If you haven’t guessed it by now, today, we are going to talk about using an app for git versus using the command line.

YouTube video covering the same topic

Now, you might be wondering, why would you want to use an app to interface with Git instead of the command line?

Well here are some reasons:

  • Graph view of commits
  • Graph view of branches
  • See the changes and explore them more


Hey yall! Let’s grab a cup of coffee or whatever your beverage of choice is and talk about git branches and merging

This post is also available as a video on my YouTube channel

What is a branch?

A branch is the area where edits and commits are stored. If you watched my last video about git remote servers, then I was actually pushing to a branch already, the main branch.

By default, a git repo is on a master or a main branch. There has been a push for repos to have a main branch, but that’s a topic for a different video…

All about remote servers, pushing, pulling, and cloning.

In this post, I’m going to talk about the popular remote servers, GitHub, GitLab, and BitBucket, how to get your code on the server, and retrieve code from it. Let’s get started!

Remote Server Options

There are 3 Git server options that you hear about, well you might actually only hear about the first 2. You could also roll your own, but that’s a bit out of the scope here. So, here are some options that are free and offer quite a bit.

  • GitHub
  • GitLab
  • BitBucket

These are just the most “popular” options and each have their pluses and minuses, but here are…

Know the what, the why, and the how

Image of laptop with code.
Image of laptop with code.

Let’s talk about Git. This is the first post in a series of using Git. In this post, I’m going to explain these things:

  • What is Git?
  • Why you should be using it
  • How to use it.

What Is Git?

Git is “distributed version control,” meaning it keeps track of changes made to files and there is a remote server somewhere else in the world that also has those changes. A common remote server is GitHub, which I will talk about in the next article.

Basically, it’s like track changes in Word but for files in a repository, or folder, that are stored…

My best tips for using Xcode

Laptop on bed
Laptop on bed
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If you have any other tips, please let me know in the comments because I would love for them to be shared.

1. Build and Run Shortcuts

First off, make use of the shortcuts for building and running the app. These are actions you’ll do a lot:

  • Command + b = build
  • Command + r = run

These will save you time in the long run because your hands are already on the keyboard and you don’t have to go click the “Run” button in the toolbar.

If you use the canvas, then make sure to jot down the shortcut to restart the live preview…

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Alright, if you’re reading this it’s because you want to read the points in the video. Here are the two major topics:

  • What is Notion
  • Why I use Notion as an issue tracker

What is Notion

Notion brands itself as an “All-in-one Workspace” and as a major tool for teams. It’s a web app that can be used to create a “wiki” style document. You can add links to other notion documents, photos, and website links as…

Maegan Wilson

A non-binary person that develops iOS apps as a part time gig. I share my knowledge in posts and on my twitch streams,

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