Failed Automatic Size of UICollectionViewCell in iOS 12

The content of my UICollectionView flows in horizontal direction. Height of items are fixed but width of each are dynamic based on the length of text. For this example I am using only UILabel in my UICollectionViewCell. My UICollectionViewCell is custom xib.

These are the constraints I have applied to UILabel:
  • Leading : 0
  • Trailing : 0
  • Top : 0
  • Height : 44


Blurry Pixel Font: SpriteKit

It's amazing how modern Pixel Art captures the true simplicity yet also expressing creative masterpieces. I find so much solace staring at the world presented by games like Stardew Valley and Kynseed.

In my spare time I am making 2d pixel art game for iOS and macOS for my hobby. I found a free pixel art font called PixelDigivolve to use it for my texts. There was this behaviour that caught my attention where font was being rendered very blurry. The edges were not sharp.


Sorting NSArray of custom objects with more nesting

Sorting an array of custom objects is fair simple. NSSortDescriptor works awesome for this. Lets see an example:

@interface Parent : NSObject
@property(strong, nonatomic) NSString *name;
NSArray *arrayOfParents = @[parent1, parent2];

If I want to sort array of parents by their name then I would use something like:


drawViewHierarchyInRect vs renderInContext

I came across very curious problem whose cause I couldn’t have come to know about it without serious debugging because this was something that didn’t catch my attention. I had a task that required capturing snapshot of UIView with hierarchy of subviews and perform few interactive transformation animations on view immediately after - giving feeling of instant multitask. Delay should have been negligent for naked eyes or tolerant but it wasn’t.


My first x86-64 assembly in macOS

I am reading a book Coders at work. Each chapter consists of interview with an experts in the field of computer programming, engineering and science. Most of them had started programming during 70’s-80's, the time when there wasn’t many choice of programming languages available like modern day. Most of them were programming in low-level like assembly or binary. I was thrilled and excited from reading of their journey. It motivated me to learn small things about assembly and learn more about machine closely. I am writing this blog post on my journey of learning assembly.

I have a macbook pro. It’s a 64-bit machine. Intel based. I started collecting information on resources and tips to get started. My machine is x86-64 so it is x86 assembly. I found little resources on starting assembly on mac, and among what I found was for linux. Throughout the search I have collected good blogs and resources that I’ll be sharing. This post is more about what I am discovering or learning rather than tutorial.