Handling Swipe Gestures in a SpriteKit Game

February 16th, 2018

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When you create a SpriteKit Xcode project, the GameScene.swift file contains functions to handle touch and/or mouse events, depending on the type of SpriteKit project you create. You can also use swipe gestures in SpriteKit games. Supporting swipe gestures requires you to perform two tasks. The first task is to create a swipe gesture recognizer. […]


Checking Modifier Keys in Swift

January 22nd, 2018

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Checking for modifier keys (Command, Control, Option, and Shift) when handling events is different in Objective-C and Swift. In Objective-C you perform a bitwise AND operation to check if modifier keys were held down. In Swift you check if the event’s modifier flags contains the specific modifier key. The following example demonstrates how to check […]


Swift Functional Programming: Pure Functions

January 15th, 2018

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A pure function doesn’t reference any data outside of the function. If you supply a given input to a pure function, it always returns the same value. The following is a simple example of a pure function: func increment(value: Int) -> Int { return value + 1 } The increment function is pure because it […]


Swift First Class Functions

January 12th, 2018

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I considered writing an article about first class functions in Swift, but I came across the following article by John Sundell: First class functions in Swift Sundell’s article covers pretty much everything I would cover in an article on first class functions. The examples are good too. So I decided to link to his article […]


Swift Functional Programming: reduce

January 8th, 2018

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The reduce function takes all the elements of a collection and combines them into a single value. Supply an initial value and a function or closure (unnamed function) to combine the elements. The following code demonstrates how to calculate the average for a collection of test scores: let testScores = [78, 96, 48, 65, 59, […]