Useful libraries for SWIFT beginners

Useful libraries for SWIFT beginners
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Recently we started working with Apple Swift language. It’s pretty simple but very power full language. Learning curve is hard – because it’s pretty new language, but from the other hand it’s good – because there is a lot of freshmen questions on StackOverflow and plenty of articles .

Because most of the stuff is related with REST communication with APIs core of my software works with JSON objects. In general we are looking also something for HTTP communication, uploading files and so on.

Parsing JSON in SWIFT

Let’s start with JSON –  json-swift  and SwiftyJSON .

Both of them are giving super easy wrappers around parsing JSON streams.

Instead of

let JSONObject: AnyObject? = NSJSONSerialization.JSONObjectWithData(data, options: nil, error: nil)

if let username = (((JSONObject as? [AnyObject])?[0] as? [String: AnyObject])?["user"] as? [String: AnyObject])?["name"] as? String {
    // ... do your job


let json = JSON(data: dataFromNetworking)
if let userName = json[0]["user"]["name"].string{
  // ... much cleaner 


Making REST API Calls

Alamofire is an HTTP networking library written in Swift.

Calls are so easy as:

request(.GET, "").responseString { (_, _, string, _) in

Uploading file directly from imagePickerController

And small bonus. I wanted to upload image directly to from imagePickerController – here is a recipe.