Articles tagged 'apple-development'

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Understanding SwiftNIO by building a text modifying server Aug 20 2020

Building a network application requires a good amount of effort, not only because of the complexities of the application you are building but also by the nature of network architecture. We have to define how are we going to handle the connections,...

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Building a text-based application using Swift and ncurses Aug 6 2020

The ncurses(3) library powers many popular text-based applications, for example, emacs(1) and htop(1). The use of ncurses is not required to build text-based applications. We could use escape sequences. And for small command-line tools escape sequences...

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How to read passwords and sensitive data from the command-line using Swift Jul 17 2020

Shoulder surfing is a real threat. And we, as software developers, should strive to provide safety to our users. One way to mitigate the inadvertent exposure of sensitive data is related to how we handle the input of sensitive data in our applications...

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Understanding the Swift Argument Parser and working with STDIN Jul 7 2020

Operating systems have provided command-line interfaces for decades now, and all but the simplest command-line tools require argument parsing. Due to years of use and refinement, there are many expectations on how command-line tools should handle arguments...

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Resigning iOS apps from an IPA for mobile security research Feb 7 2020

When we are asked to perform a black-box security analysis on an iOS app, depending on the scope, we might only have access to the iOS app from the AppStore. But most of the time, the client would give us an IPA. In a black-box analysis, we won't get...

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Let's write some assembly code in macOS for Intel x86_64 Dec 12 2019

This is going to be a small article on the basics of working with Assembly Language. We won't go deep into building extensive programs in assembly. The main idea of this post is to clarify the workflow for creating an assembly program and some key...

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Understanding Disk Images by building a macOS Catalina ISO image for VirtualBox [macOS] Dec 4 2019

Having a virtual machine running macOS opens up a lot of opportunities for learning. If you are into security, you can set up a VM for your security lab. Or if you want to learn networking or kernel debugging, it is also helpful to use a VM. The other...

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Managing UTI and URL schemes via Launch Services' API from Swift Nov 27 2019

Apple provides the Launch Services API so we can interact with different applications from our current process. We can define URL schemes for our apps, and when that URL is opened, our app gets launched. We can also specify which application to open...

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Command-line argument parsing using Swift Package Manager's TSCUtility module Nov 21 2019

If you've used the Swift Package Manager, you have interacted with its handy command-line tool. When creating command-line tools, we strive to provide an easy to use interface. One of the main characteristics of a good CLI tool is how it handles parameters...

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Creating a state machine in Swift Nov 13 2019

State machines are used to model systems that can be thought of as a collection of states, and a collection of events that cause state changes. Many of the systems we want to model can be abstracted to a state machine. For example, elements in a Game...

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Making a C library available in Swift using the Swift Package Manager Nov 7 2019

System libraries are typically defined using C, that means we need a way to make them available to Swift. In this post, we are going to explore how to use the Swift Package Manager to give us access to C libraries, be it system or user-defined.

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Multithreading with pthreads in Swift Oct 29 2019

Long gone are the days when single process single thread was the norm. We now take multithreading for granted, we expect all our applications not to lockup when we interact with them. We expect them to handle multiple users at the same time, etcetera...

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