layoutSubviews Considered Reentrant

I had the weirdest bug the other day: rotating the iPhone worked fine in iOS 7, but not in iOS 8. Actually it was weirder: Some UIView instances adjusted themselves perfectly after the rotation, but some had the wrong size (even though they all had the exact same UIView subclass).

After some digging I discovered that layoutSubview was called several times during rotation, and each time the view had a different frame. Moreover, these calls were not happening sequentially! Instead, layoutSubviews was called with frame1, and before returning it was being called with frame2, and before returning form that it was called with frame3 — all for the same UIView.

There wasn’t a lot of code in my layoutSubviews, nothing that takes long. But it was apparently long enough to cause a bug in some instances.

My solution was to schedule a layout update for a split second later:

How to Set The Image Name When Saving to The Camera Roll

In principle, you can’t. But in practice, there is a way… Read on to find out.

iOS names the image IMG_<num> to avoid file name clashes. There is no way to change that from your app.
However, if the user later imports an image to iPhoto, then the metadata of the image will determine its title, description, and keywords.
If the user then exports the image to file, iPhoto can use the title for the name of the exported file. (Instructions for doing that are down below, after the code.)

Here is the code to set the metadata and save the image to the camera roll. The code below gets the image from the camera, but this isn’t necessary – the image can come from anywhere.

Now the user can import the images to iPhoto and get your programmed title, description, and keywords.

To export the images to files that have the same name as the image title, the user should choose File > Export and then change the File Name field to Use title.


Workaround for bug in [NSMutableIndexSet shiftIndexesStartingAtIndex:by:]

The Bug

Shifting an NSMutableIndexSet by a negative number will drop an index in some cases.

Example Code:

The set should contain 0-1 but instead contains only 1.

The Reason

NSIndexSet is a series of NSRange-s. If the shift method removes empty space between ranges, than they should become a single unified range. For example, if a set contains the range 1-2 and the range 5-6, and we do

then we should get a set with a single range 1-4.

However, the implementation of shiftIndexesStartingAtIndex:by: fails to unify ranges, and also assumes that separate ranges have at least one empty space between them. And so we get a set containing the ranges 1-1 and 3-4.

The Workaround

Luckily, the methods addIndex: and addIndexesInRange: do correctly unify ranges. And so the workaround is to first call one of these methods, and only then shift: