The importance of code readability is often underestimated, especially when programming in an environment which emphasizes user interface and user experience. While it’s true that it is extremely important to make a great app, it’s equally important to be able to change it in the future. With unreadable code, it can be much harder to solve bugs, with countless hours of trying to find the correct lines of code and to understand how it works.

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Beyond enabling iOS developers to easily store data on the cloud, as well as authenticating users through their robust SDKs, Firebase also provides a convenient storage solution for media. Firebase Storage allows developers to store and retrieve audio, image, and video files on the cloud. That is, Firebase Storage exposes a set of SDKs to give developers the ability to manage their user-generated content assets alongside its sibling product, the Firebase Realtime Database, which stores user text content.

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In my previous article about secure coding in Swift, I discussed basic security vulnerabilities in Swift such as injection attacks. While injection attacks are common, there are other ways your app can be compromised. A common but sometimes-overlooked kind of vulnerability is race conditions.

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From minimizing pointer use to strong type checking at compile time, Swift is a great language for secure development. But that means it’s tempting to forget about security altogether. There are still vulnerabilities, and Swift is also enticing to new developers who haven’t yet learned about security.

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In addition to feature development and bug fixes, iOS developers have to keep tabs on what’s announced yearly at WWDC. Amidst the notable new SDKs announced, there are some changes that iOS devs will need to roll out to keep their apps platform-compliant.

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This year’s WWDC announcements focused on the exciting new SDKs, such as ARKit, and the changes to iOS 11. However, Apple has also made significant improvements to Xcode with Xcode 9. Not to be outshone by the other announcements, the new version of Xcode is a leap forward for coders. Developers are sure to be happy!

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