My Favorite WWDC 2018 Sessions

Every year I look forward to WWDC — it’s like Christmas morning for apple developers, where we get to take the wrapping paper off the next version of Xcode and the various iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS SDKs.

This year is no different! The press focuses more on the operating systems themselves. But I’m a lot more interested in what SDK goodness is coming down the line to provide more tools and hooks to build even better software! 2018 hasn’t disappointed at all!

Here are the top five sessions I saw in terms of value to me personally this year:

Platform State of the Union

Always my first stop, to get the executive vision of where the platform is heading.

Platforms State of the Union - WWDC 2018 - Videos - Apple Developer
2018 Platforms State of the Union

Practical Approaches to Greater App Performance

High value session packed with practical techniques based on real-world experience. Excellent session packed with practical knowledge!

Practical Approaches to Great App Performance - WWDC 2018 - Videos - Apple Developer
All apps benefit from a focus on performance and an increase in overall responsiveness. This information packed session gives you...

Building Faster in Xcode

Lately I’ve been working in more complex projects, developing frameworks and just working larger codebases. This session was quite enlightening in terms of how to solve for dependencies and speed up the build process.

Building Faster in Xcode - WWDC 2018 - Videos - Apple Developer
Build your apps faster in Xcode 10. Learn how to structure your projects and tweak your code to take full advantage of all processor...

What’s New in Swift

As Swift continues to evolve, yet mercifully more slowly now, we have to keep up! Last year I developed instructional content for Packt Press where I had to really understand every nuance of Swift as part of that effort, and I’m always up to learn and start using the new language features.

What’s New in Swift - WWDC 2018 - Videos - Apple Developer
Hear about the latest advancements in Swift, the safe, fast, and expressive language. Find out about improvements to build times, code...

Introduction to Siri Shortcuts

I did some work with Siri in the past, and have to admit being disappointed it was so limited to specific domains (none of which I work with!). I’m really excited to see Siri start to branch out, and found this session really informative.

Introduction to Siri Shortcuts - WWDC 2018 - Videos - Apple Developer
Siri Shortcuts are a powerful new feature in iOS 12 that allow your app to expose its functionality to Siri. This enables Siri to suggest...
Rob Kerr
App development for iOS, creating applications for my own development studio (Cuvenx Inc.), and consulting with awesome clients to build their mobile applications.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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