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And this model binding logic is getting a little complex, but the amazing thing is that because it’s all integrated together at the model level, it’s all 100% testable. We can write tests that go through an entire user flow and prove that the features interacted with each other in the correct way. And then if we ever accidentally break the binding logic we will get instant visibility into it.
That will all come later, so let’s keep moving forward. We are down to the very last piece of functionality in the detail screen, and that’s drilling down to start a new meeting, and that feature is by far the most complex of the entire application because it involves effects.
It manages a timer for counting down the meeting time, and it manages a speech recognizer for transcribing live audio while the meeting is taking place. There’s also another effect in the app. Way back at the root we need to handle persistence of the data for saving and loading to disk.
That will be the focus of this episode, but before doing any of that, let’s have a little fun by making our domain modeling even more concise than it is now. A moment ago we came across two thorny situations that made it clear that our simple array of standups is not pulling its weight. There are many times we need to deal standup values by their ids, and forces us to scan the entire array to find a particular standup.
SwiftUI has already learned this lesson because many of its APIs require you provide
Identifiable data, and in fact many of our core domain data types already conform to that protocol. So, wouldn’t it be nice if you could look up a value by its id, or remove a value by its id instead of linearly scanning the entire collection?
Well, it is possible, and it is all thanks to another library that we open sourced a year and a half ago. It’s called
IdentifiedArray, and it’s a collection type that is specifically tuned for dealing with
Identifiable elements. It has all of the standard collection APIs, but also comes with some enhanced APIs that allow for performant, safe and ergonomic access to elements via their id.
So, let’s bring in that library and see how things improve.
RecordMeetingModel.speakerIndexto be derived from
The original Scrumdinger application plays a sound when it advances to the next speaker, bring this sound into Standups and insert this logic into the record meeting view.
Learn the essentials of iOS app development by building a fully functional app using SwiftUI.
Identified Collections is our open source library that provides an ergonomic, performant way to manage collections of identifiable data, and fits in perfectly with SwiftUI.
A library we open sourced. Tools for making SwiftUI navigation simpler, more ergonomic and more precise.
These packages are available as a package collection, usable in Xcode 13 or the Swift Package Manager 5.5.