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Day 12 iOS Foundations M2 L12 JSON Parsing

This was a great lesson on how JSON parsing works. It also explains how to load any type of data from a file in the project.

  • Apr 4, 2021

Grab data from path inside a project

let pathString = Bundle.main.path(forResource: "filename", ofType: "extension")
let url = URL(fileURLWithPath: path)
let data = try Data(contentsOf: url) // <- this throws requires a do-try-catch block
//can call a decoder once we have the data -- see below  <- this also throws

do-try-catch block

  • required for
    • grabbing contents of a url
    • parsing JSON data
    • any object that requires a throw
      • Error Call can throw, but it is not marked with 'try' and the error is not handled
do {
let data = try ...

} catch {


  • Create a class to pull in the json
  • id should start out as optional
    • can assign ids after parsing (UUID())
  • Make it decodable
  • mark Decodable Protocal ← the class above with .self
let decoder = JSONDecoder()

                do {
                    try decoder.decode([Recipe].self, from: data)

                } catch {

            } catch {

Day 13 iOS M2L13 The Recipe List App

  • Apr 5, 2021

This was a very satisfying tutorial, So many concepts got consolidated for me.

static func in a class

If you make a function static in a class you can call it directly without making an instance of it.

self.recipes = DataService.getLocalData()

Guard let

This is how it was taught in the lesson.

guard pathString != nil else { return [Recipe]() }

This is how I have seen it in other tutorials.

guard let path = pathString else { return [Recipe]() }

A lot of the times it is just {return} as this would represent a major probleme and you want to know about it.

The benefit of the first is that you don’t have to rename the variable. The benefit of the second is that it seems cleaner to write to me.

Guard let vs if let

The equivelent to the guard let statement above would be

if let path = pathString {

// code for url, decoder, id generation and then setting to a Published variable.

  • if let nests its scope meaning that the path variable is only available within the scope of the {...}
  • guard let the else statement must exit the current scope
    • So if you put a guard let statement at the top of a function you want to call you can verify that the optional you have is not nil before proceeding or otherwise return or set an empty variable.

Debugging and break points

I never fully appreciated break points until this lesson. The step-over and resume buttons above the debug console are awesome.

  • po objectname can be used to printout objects as you step through a for loop or step through the code.
  • drag a break point off the side to remove it

guard let is also really good because people know with a guard statement that this is something essential (we need this to work to continue) as opposed to an if statement, that could be any decision about something

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  • Apr 7, 2021

Remember Navigation view from M2L3 where we only got a “Destination” string?

 NavigationView {
            List(array, id: \.self) { arrayElement in
                    destination: Text("Destination"),

                    label: {

            }.navigationTitle(Text("My List"))

Turns out that the destination: part can specify an entire view to load instead of just text. This implies there is a way to also point to different views say with a button.

List(model.recipes) { r in
      destination: RecipeDetailView(recipe: r),
      label: {
          HStack(spacing: 20) {

In this case we are passing a recipe variable into the destination view struct

Inside that view struct we define a variable to hold the recipe or whatever we decide to pass in and is used to create the view struct.

struct RecipeDetailView: View {

    var recipe:Recipe

    var body: some View {


Other useful concepts

  • //MARK will create sections you can jump to by clicking on the struct name at the top
    • look for the App > view > viewController > structName
  • Divider() will place a divider in your view
  • .navigationBarTitle(recipe.name) after ScrollView


  • Apr 9, 2021

I was making the challenge, harder than it needed to be. Inside the ForEach(model.pizzas) { r in statement it is possible to display views that take in the r variable in this case. This could really make interpreting the ContentView if multiple subviews were created and then called and supplied the r data variable to populate the subviews.


  • Apr 10, 2021

Spoiler Warning: This entry contains solutions to some of the challenges I faced while doing this challenge. Not the complete code

Learned today that NavigationView is just another container like ScrollView or VStack Order of course is important for containers but I get the impression that NavigationView tends to be near or at the Base of a view or collection of containers.

The NavigationLink that is often associated with NavigationView can be used on any object not just inside a List. In this way we can create a button that then takes you to a different view or text (as in a list) or an image. This was not clear in tutorials up to this point and required that I google this and learn more about NavigationView and NavigationLink. I can imagine this being very frustrating to new learners but an interesting approach to teaching as it forces us to find way to get the information we need to solve the challenge using whatever resource we can find, which is exactly what we will do when we have a project we want to start building and don’t know where to start.

import SwiftUI

struct ContentView: View {
    var body: some View {
        NavigationView {
            ScrollView {

                    destination: Text("Destination"),
                    label: {

}//Struct End

Adding a json file.

I tried just to create a new swift file and then change the file ending to .json. This did not work. My pathString always returned nil


  • Make sure Target Membership is checked in File inspector
  • Make sure Text encoding is Unicode (UTF-8)
  • Verify it is listed in the bundle resources
    • main app (click top of the folder that is your app name)
    • Build phases tab
    • Copy Bundle Resources
      • click on the + to add it to the list.

This took me well over an hour to figure out.

Clearing the cache

Sometimes Xcode does not behave nicely or you don’t know why code isn’t working, try clearing the cache.

command, option, shift K

Previews are their own view struct

This should be obvious but it isn’t always clear that extra code may be needed to make the preview struct to display in a manner that is similar to the ContentView struct if you move a chunk of code outside the content view. In my case, I had moved most of the card code into its own view struct and the preview struct inside this view would only show one card at a time which skews what it looks like if I want to make additional edits. So I can mimic what the app does by adding some of the missing components like ScrollView and VStack

struct Card_Previews: PreviewProvider {
    static var previews: some View {
        let model = QuoteModel()
            VStack {