Thinking Out Louduikit-dynamics

Debugging with Private API

Wed, Nov 16, 2016

UIKit has a built in physics engine called UIKit Dynamics. It’s how Apple has implemented quite a few of the animations in iOS. It’s pretty powerful but it can also be a pain in the ass to debug. According to Session 229 from WWDC 2015, the supported way for debugging is to use private API on UIDynamicAnimator. There are some hacks for gaining access to private API inside of Objective-C — things like using NSInvocation — but they’re not supported in Swift. That’s ok though, because Apple actually wants us to use lldb to access this private API.

  1. ios-dev
  2. objective-c
  3. swift
  4. lldb
  5. uikit-dynamics
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