Curling a UIView Up/Down with Swift

I had a problem creating the page curling effect between two views. The solution suggested on StackOverFlow is to use a container that uses auto layout for the two transitioning views, which do not use autolayout. Here’s what the problem looked like:

Here’s what the views should look like:


I committed the working project to my Swift Github repo: under the Xcode project TransitionWithView. Here’s the main functionality:

    func curlUp() {
        let transitionOptions = UIViewAnimationOptions.TransitionCurlUp
            toView: cardBack,
            duration: 5.0,
            options: transitionOptions,
            completion: { _ in
                let transitionOptions = UIViewAnimationOptions.TransitionCurlDown

                    toView: self.cardFront,
                    duration: 5.0,
                    options: transitionOptions,
                    completion: { _ in


    func buildView() {

        let height = 100
        let width = 100

        container = UIView()
        container.backgroundColor = UIColor.blackColor()
        cardBack = UIView(frame: CGRectMake(0, 0, CGFloat(width), CGFloat(height)))
        cardBack.backgroundColor = UIColor.redColor()
        cardFront = UIView(frame: CGRectMake(0, 0, CGFloat(width), CGFloat(height)))
        cardFront.backgroundColor = UIColor.greenColor()

        let viewDictionary:Dictionary = ["container": container]

        let metrics:Dictionary = ["width": width, "height": height]

        let h0Constraint = "H:[container(==width)]"
        let v0Constraint = "V:[container(==height)]"
        addStandardConstraints(self.view, constraint: h0Constraint, viewDictionary: viewDictionary, metrics: metrics)
        addStandardConstraints(self.view, constraint: v0Constraint, viewDictionary: viewDictionary, metrics: metrics)
        centerViewXY(self.view, child: container)
        NSTimer.scheduledTimerWithTimeInterval(2, target: self, selector: "curlUp", userInfo: nil, repeats: false)

Using Swift in a Legacy Objective C Project

I started learning Swift this week. I ran into my first time consuming problem when I tried to import my legacy Objective C classes into my Swift code. There are lots of good instructions on how to accomplish this task.


Unfortunately, I skipped over the one comment that said to include Foundation.h into my Objective C code:

Without it, you will see a lot of Unknown type error messages (e.g.
/Users/melling/Dropbox/dev/ios/Clock/Clock/Number.h:13:30: Unknown type name ‘NSInteger’)

#import <Foundation/Foundation.h>

@interface Numbers : NSObject

@property(assign, nonatomic) NSInteger numericalValue;
@property(assign, nonatomic) NSInteger dictId;

@property(strong, nonatomic) NSString *arabic;

First Swift Program

I wrote my first Swift program tonight. It simply puts a button on the screen and handles the click event. Everything is done in code. Code on Github:

The relevant functions are here:

 func addButton() {
        centeredButton = UIButton()
        centeredButton.setTitle("Am I centered?", forState: .Normal)
        centeredButton.setTitleColor(UIColor.blueColor(), forState: .Normal)
        centeredButton.addTarget(self, action: "pressed:", forControlEvents: .TouchUpInside)
        var viewDictionary:Dictionary = ["centeredButton": centeredButton]
        let horizontal:[AnyObject]! = NSLayoutConstraint.constraintsWithVisualFormat("H:|-50-[centeredButton]-50-|", options: NSLayoutFormatOptions(0), metrics: nil, views: viewDictionary)
        let vertical:[AnyObject]! = NSLayoutConstraint.constraintsWithVisualFormat("V:|-100-[centeredButton]-100-|", options: NSLayoutFormatOptions(0), metrics: nil, views: viewDictionary)
    func pressed(sender: UIButton!) {
        var alertView = UIAlertView();
        alertView.title = "My Title";
        alertView.message = "Congratulations";;

Autoincrement insert-select on a non-autoincrement column

There are often times when you need to insert into an existing table that contains data with a unique numeric field. If you created the field as AUTOINCREMENT, everything is fine. However, in my case, I did not because I generate sqlite tables from my MySql database. So, I have many tables that look like this:

drop table concentration_card if exists;

create table concentration_card (
	card_id int not null default 0,

create unique index idx0 on concentration_card (card_id);

I came across this answer on StackOverFlow, which I used to solve my problem:

First we need the maximum value from the desired field:

select max(concentration_card); -- We don't need a +1 here because we increment in SELECT

Then set the initial @curRow value and create the insert-select query:

 --insert into concentration_card
  SELECT @curRow := @curRow + 1 as card_id, 0, p.dict_id, 
      p.dict_id, 'Verbs' as name, 0 as inactive,
      '' as comments, 6 as major_group_id
  FROM picture_dictionary p
  JOIN    (SELECT @curRow := 1526) r
  where p.word_group = 'Verbs'
   and p.`dict_id` not in (  
 select word1_id
 from concentration_card
 where name in ('Basic Verbs', 'Common Verbs')

Simple Go Web Page (GET Method)

I wanted to give the Go language a try today for a simple web page that I needed. Unfortunately, I got tripped up when I placed an extra / at the end of my handler. Thought I would post the first working copy here before I go off and finish the page. Hopefully, no one else gets burned by that little mistake.

package main

import (

func summaryHandler(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {

   var header = `
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content=\"text/html; charset=utf-8">
    <script src=""
    <script src="/js/myjs.js"></script>

    <link rel="stylesheet" href="/css/dictionary.css">
    fmt.Fprint(w, header)
    fmt.Fprint(w, "<h1>Hello World: Simple Go Web Page</h1>")
    params := r.URL.Query()
    fmt.Fprint(w, r.URL)
    fmt.Fprint(w, params)
    param1 := params["param1"]
    param2 := params["param2"]

    fmt.Fprint(w, "<p>Param1=", param1, "</p>")
    fmt.Fprint(w, "<p>Param2=", param2, "</p>")

func setupWeb() {
    // Put static assets in the resources dir
    http.Handle("/", http.FileServer(http.Dir("resources")))
    // WARNING: "/summary/" will cause pain with the GET
    http.HandleFunc("/summary", summaryHandler)

    err := http.ListenAndServe("localhost:3000", nil)
    if err != nil {

func main() {