Playground Driven Development

Episode #21 • Jul 9, 2018 • Subscriber-Only

We use Swift playgrounds on this series as a tool to dive deep into functional programming concepts, but they can be so much more. Today we demonstrate a few tricks to allow you to use playgrounds for everyday development, allowing for a faster iteration cycle.

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Today’s episode is going to be a bit different. We’re going to take a peek behind the Point-Free curtain to look at how we write code every day. Our episodes focus on experimenting in playgrounds, and in a buzzword-y kind of way you could consider this “playground-driven development”. This is how we write most of our code, including for this site and iOS applications we’ve worked on. This style of development has a lot of benefits, but it’s not always clear how to get started and incorporate playgrounds into an application and its development cycle.

We’re going to show our workflow and, with an example, show how folks can apply this technique to their own code bases.

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