How to free up disk space for XCode Beta install

09 September 2021

TL;DR - delete Time Machine local snapshots to free up space.

Does anyone else find installing XCode frustrating? I always need more free disk space, especially when installing a beta. This was the case when I downloaded XCode 13 Beta 5 from the Apple Developer Downloads page. When I tried to extract the xip file I got an error stating:

“The archive XCode_13_beta_5.xip can’t be expanded because the current volume doesn’t have enough free space.”


Generating A New Apple Distribution Certificate

29 March 2021

This post is a note to my future self about generating Apple Distribution Certificates. I received an email stating:

Your Distribution Certificate will no longer be valid in 30 days. To generate a new certificate, sign in and visit Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles.


How To Use GitHub Actions To Deploy an 11ty Website To S3

11 February 2021

I use 11ty to generate a static website and S3 to host it. This post describes how I set up a workflow in GitHub Actions to build and deploy the website. The workflow uses the AWS - CLI S3 - sync command to transfer the files.

This post describes how to:

  • create an AWS policy with only those permission needed by the sync command
  • create an AWS individual IAM user with the above policy
  • create a GitHub Action workflow using the sync command to upload the files

I will provide the policy and workflow files first for those wanting only the code. A detailed walkthrough is provided below these files. This post assumes you already have set up an S3 bucket. If not, please see the Hosting a static website using Amazon S3 guide.


TIL: Python has an assertLogs function for unit testing log statements

06 January 2021

Today I learned how to unit test log statements with Python. I updated @bcdevexbot to check the status of an opportunity. The bot logs an error message if it encounters an unknown status. To test this scenario I used the assertLogs function.


Switching to Utterances For Comments

06 January 2021

I removed disqus as the comments provider on my website because I do not like its privacy policy. I’m trying utterances as the comment provider now. From the website, it’s: A lightweight comments widget built on GitHub issues. Use GitHub issues for blog comments, wiki pages and more!


Autoscaling PDF Images On Apple watchOS

25 November 2020

In this post, I will discuss autoscaling PDF images and how to add one to a watchOS project.

The PDF format allows an image to scale without looking fuzzy at different sizes. This format is best used with vector artwork; think icons. Programs like Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator and, Vectornator can export PDF images.

For more details on designing a PDF image see the Image Optimization page in the Human Interface Guidelines for watchOS. It includes the scales used for the different screen sizes.

Setting certain flags in XCode will tell WatchKit to scale the image based on screen size. And so, you have an autoscaling PDF image. This means the project only needs one image for all screen sizes. Otherwise, the project would need multiple scaled image files.


How I replaced a nested for loop with flatMap

04 November 2020

This is a short post about how I refactored a nested for loop using flatMap. I had a struct that defined name and quantity properties as shown below:

struct Item {
  let name: String
  let quantity: Int

The actual code used a custom type rather than a String, but I’ve used String here to simplify the example.


SwiftUI: Previewing localized text in the canvas

29 June 2020

Last week I watched the Swift packages: Resources and localization video from WWDC20. One thing I learned was that the Canvas can preview localized values. This is done by adding a locale to a View via the environment.


How I debugged a crashing watchOS app with crash reports and log files

08 May 2020

In a previous blog post, I wrote about my app crashing when it was installed via TestFlight. In this blog post, I will go into more detail about how I debugged the problem using logs and crash reports.


Rejection, Acceptance, And Crashes. My TestFlight Journey

03 May 2020

I hit a small milestone recently, I submitted my first app to TestFlight. I thought this process would be quick. Maybe a day or two. A week later I finally had a working app on TestFlight. During that time I learned much about crash logs and debugging. Here is my story.