Marvel App Assignment
Hi Nick Fury! As requested the iOS App that lists all the best possible Super Heroes. I hope this helps you save the universe. ???
API, Services and Caching
For this assignement I first focussed on creating a generic client side API to load data and images from the official Marvel API. On top of the API I build two services. The
Service object is responsible for loading and parsing JSON data from the Marvel Characters endpoint and the
ImageService is responsible for downloading images and storing them in the
ImageCache is not much more than a wrapper around
NSCache and is the owner of the
ImageService and repsonsible for fetching and returning images either from the cache or fresh from the internet.
For the visual style and overall look and feel of the app I tried to draw inspiration from data and images returned by the Marvel API and tried to create a matching comic-like style by choosing a very specific set of colors, using thick fonts and fat borders, adding quircky animations and cover everything in animating textures that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1970’s comic book.
Loading Data and images
To populate the super heroes collection view, the view model utilizes a
UICollectionViewDiffableDataSource to update snapshots of the data when new characters are loaded. When the user starts scrolling new data is loaded automagically in a paging fashion and images are prefetched through the
UICollectionViewDataSourcePrefetching protocol conformance. Making the loading of data and images (almost)completely transparent to the user.
For the search we again depend heavily on our
UICollectionViewDiffableDataSource to apply our filtered data in a new snapshot and animating the collection and layout to its new state. I created a custom
SearchAccessoryView class that I pass as the
inputAccessoryView of the view controller to make sure it’s always on screen and animates with the showing and hiding of the keyboard.
Transitioning to Detail
To dive deeper into the details of one the characters of your choosing I created a quick and snappy custom view controller transition using UIKits
UIViewControllerAnimatedTransitioning and related protocols. The idea was to give the user the feeling you’re really zooming in and out of a character.
If I would have had more time I would have loved to spend it on the following subjects(in no particar order):
- add unit tests
- add documentation
- add loading state
- improve overview to detail transition
- optimize image cache
- simplify and expand JSON models