Lots of links about best practices, style rules and some great projects to share this week.
Ash Furrow has a great video from the GOTO Conference about Emerging Best Practices in Swift.
Erica Sadun has A handful of Swift style rules to share, including some rules on moving on from Objective-C
Check out this post about Lightweight Reactive Coding with Swift & VinceRP
Some developers avoid Interface Builder, while others revel in it! No matter which approach you take, it's worth looking at some of these Tips for Interface Builder
Some projects that stood out this week:
YYText: A powerful text framework for iOS to display and edit rich text
Splitflap: A simple split-flap display for your Swift applications
EZSwipeController: UIPageViewController like Snapchat/Tinder/iOS Main Pages.
MTPrivateTrainerAnimation: A really nice animated effect for your app.
TransitionManager: Painless custom transitioning
Google announced some Improvements to Sign-In with Google Play Services recently.
Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview is now available for all to try on their Android devices. It works as an app, so you don't need to flash the entire phone. Worth a shot right?
Matthias Käppler presents an overview of how SoundCloud's Android application architecture has evolved in Going Reactive: An Architectural Journey.
Make your phone talk shows how to use Intents to make your app speak out loud. And if you're really into the voice thing, check out Implementing Google Voice Actions into Your Android App.
PickView: A date picker view like in iOS
react-native-gifted-messenger: A ready to use chat interface
Nuwa: Hotfix your Android app
Fast Company wrote a long opinon piece about How Apple is Giving Design a Bad Name. Whether you agree of disagree, it's a good commentary on the state of design.
Will UI Designers be Unemployed Soon? This article gives some advice to make sure you career survives.
UX for Apple Watch: A 6-step starter guide will get your mind into the smartwatch way of thinking in no time.
Here's a list of The Books Every Startup CEO Should Read.
And if you're thinking about going down the CEO route, read A Developer's Primer on Being a CEO.
Thinking of incoporating beacons into your product? You should read about Crafting and Launching Successful Beacon Apps.
Finally check this article out for an interesting take on how much a proven app would cost you to purchase.