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NSDate Manipulation Made Easy in iOS 8

Apple quietly introduced a whole new suite of public API methods to NSCalendar in iOS 8 titled “Calendrical Calculations”. For some reason they seemed to have forgotten to include them in the public documentation on their developer site. Fortunately, digging in to the header file in Xcode reveals lots of descriptive comments about how to use these powerful new ways of interacting with NSDate objects.

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Building URLs with NSURLQueryItems and NSURLComponents

Building URLs in Objective-C is a fairly standard practice since most apps rely on some sort of backend server for data. Since the beginning of iOS development, SDK 2.0, Apple introduced NSURL. These URLs can easily be created via an NSString with -URLWithString:.

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Test Driven iPhone Development with Cedar

Co Author: Andy Pliszka

Cedar is an open source BDD testing framework from Pivotal Labs that makes test driven iPhone development quick and easy. The framework provides a large library of matchers so you can start testing right away on a large collection of objects.

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How To Test PDFs with Capybara

Solution – GitHub Gist

Validating that a web app’s content is rendered correctly is an integral part of testing web apps. Displaying user-submitted input in HTML is the core functionality of almost any website. For example, the last couple of web sites you used most likely had you enter information in a text box that was later shown to you on another page.

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