Bold part of an NSAttributedString without changing the font

If you bold by changing the NSFontAttributeName you’ll have to specify the font face. If you don’t want to change the font face, use the NSStrokeWidthAttributeName with a negative value:


Text with some bold part

Auto-Compile .proto Files

Google’s protobuf compiler with Apple’s swift plugin converts .proto definitions to .swift implementations.

Instead of converting from the console and then including the generated file in your project, you can include the .proto file in your Xcode project, and let Xcode automatically convert it to swift and use the generated file:

  1. Go to your target Build Rules.

  2. Click the + above to add a custom rule: Sources with names matching: *.proto.

  3. Use the following script:

    protoc --proto_path=$INPUT_FILE_DIR --swift_out=$DERIVED_FILE_DIR $INPUT_FILE_PATH

  4. Add to Output Files using the + below:


  5. Go to Build Phases, to the Compile Sources section, and add your .proto files to the list.


Succinct Auto Layout

Adding constraints programmatically is a verbose endeavor.

Several libraries try to solve this by adding an additional layer between your code and Auto Layout. (PureLayout,Masonry, SnapKit, Lyt, Cartography, and others.)
While they make some things easier, they still require you to learn a new system with new quirks.

Instead, I use MiniLayout — one short file that simply takes the verbosity out of AutoLayout. It does this by using default values for most of NSLayoutConstraint’s parameters, and by compressing the cumbersome view.addConstraint( NSLayoutConstraint(...) ) into a single call.


Put label over textField

Add button at the center of view

MiniLayout uses the same enums and the same logic as AutoLayout, there’s nothing new to learn. It just makes the code shorter and more readable.

The Simplest iOS Badge

In the past I used a UILabel subclass to show a badge. But since the dawn of flat UI, there’s no need to subclass.

Here is all the code you need:

All it does is set the cornerRadius of the label’s underlying CALayer, and add spaces before and after the label text. That’s it!

For nicely organized badge extension for UILabel and UIButton and UIBarButtonItem, see this GitHub gist: