September 25, 2020

Built an App Widget 📱

Matt Kandler @mattkandler

With all the excitement around iOS 14 and App Widgets, I thought it'd be fun to launch one for Happyfeed. To start small, I launched a simple widget today that displays your most recent memory with a background image.

There was a lot to learn and it was actually really intimidating at first.

  • How to create an Extension - I spent half a day just fixing build errors and had to read a lot on proper setup.
  • Using App Groups to share data - Very interesting concept with how files can be shared between targets in Swift
  • Layout with SwiftUI - Incredibly intuitive (with a small learning curve). Can't wait to use this on other components.

Ultimately, getting started was the worst part and it didn't take more than 3 days of work. I've been using the widget on my home screen and, though it's not super complicated, it's a great starting point.

I'm mostly excited to take some of the learnings from this project to apply toward other ideas like a Watch App.

(My hope is that these integrations will help with the chance of getting featured.)

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