Create a Settings Bundle for iOS with Swift

Written on:August 6, 2014
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Here are some quick little code tips for creating a settings bundle in Swift for iOS.

Settings are very easy to setup for iOS. Just note that the simulator currently does not work with settings correctly. The code in this post does work just fine on a device.

Load the Defaults into the Settings:

let appDefaults = [SettingsKeys.namePreferenceKey: "Default Name"]

Get the Settings value:

var namePreference = NSUserDefaults.standardUserDefaults().stringForKey(SettingsKeys.namePreferenceKey)

Save the Settings value:

NSUserDefaults.standardUserDefaults().setValue(namePreferenceField!.text, forKey:SettingsKeys.namePreferenceKey)

Here is the source code for this Swift project:
CreateSettings Xcode Project

Git Best Practices

Written on:July 30, 2014

Some questions have come up about using the master branch or a development branch. So I wanted to give my thoughts on the subject. The master branch is always used for current development of the next release. You can branch off to develop a new feature or fix an issue and then merge that back to master. When we do a major release you create a release branch from master….


Date to Month, Day, Year in Swift

Written on:July 24, 2014

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UIColor extension for RGB Hex in Swift

Written on:July 22, 2014

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iPhone / iPad App Development with iOS 8 in the Swift Programming Language

Written on:June 4, 2014

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Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction

Written on:May 14, 2013

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Dallas iPhone / iPad Boot Camp

Written on:May 10, 2013

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DataInputStream for Objective-C

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Mission: Small Business Grant $250k

Written on:May 23, 2012

I am applying for a $250k grant from Chase and Livingsocial but to qualify I have to get 250 votes. It only takes a minute to vote for me. It uses facebook connect, so you just have to go to and click “Log in & support”, then accept the fb connect link, and search for my company Apex Knowledge LLC, then click the vote button. Also, you get unlimited…