sugarcube v0.8

Now with communist leanings!

My employer, Fusionbox, has agreed to hand the development of SugarCube over to the community. Yay! This was at my behest, because right now I'm the only iOS dev there, and I'm breaking off to start my own independent contracting startup (wish me luck!).

New to sugarcube?

Check out my project page!

Yeah yeah yeah, new features!

The last announcement was v0.6. Most of the changes since then have been the usual additions (like more Symbol <=> UIConstant aliases, more factories), but there are some notable additions. Also, the UIAlertView.alert method has been fixed, for those of you getting that Objective-C stub for message... error.

Array, NSIndexPath, NSIndexSet

You can convert from NSIndexPath and Array very easily now.

[0, 1].nsindexpath

And you can use a case statement with indexpaths in a neat way by using the IndexPath class.

def tableView(table_view, cellForRowAtIndexPath:index_path)
  case index_path
  when IndexPath[0, 0]  # index_path.section == 0, index_path.row == 0
  when IndexPath[MainSection, 1..5]  # index_path.section == MainSection, index_path.row in 1..5
  when IndexPath[true, 5]  # any section, index_path.row == 5

URL additions to NSString

Escaping a URL using the Foundation methods is really awful looking. What, you wanna see it? Fine!!

# the UIKit/Foundation way.  BLECH.
search_escaped CFURLCreateStringByAddingPercentEscapes(

# the sugarcube way.  YUM.
url = "{search.escape_url}".nsurl

Timer methods += after (aka later) and every

These are added to the Numeric class, and if you include SugarCube::Timer you can use them as global methods:

1.minute.later do
  puts "time's up!"

1.second.every do  # `second` just returns `self`, but it is more readable to have it.
  puts "tick"

include SugarCube::Timer
every 1.second do
  puts "tick"

after 1.minute do
  puts "time's up!"


picker[0]  # => picker.selectedRowInComponent(0)
picker[0] = 5  # => picker.selectRow(5, inComponent:0, animated:true)


UISegmentedControl.plain(["item 1", "2", "and three"])
UISegmentedControl.bordered(["item 1", "2", "and three"])
UISegmentedControl.bezeled(["item 1", "2", "and three"])["item 1", "2", "and three"])


There is a private UIView#firstResponder method, but Apple won't let you use it. :-/ So here's a new one!

# searches the view hierarchy for a view that returns
# true for view.firstResponder?

# search "globally", starting at the root window


I swear I didn't know that BubbleWrap has the exact same method. Oh well!

include SugarCube::UUID
puts uuid  # => "0A3A76C6-9738-4458-969E-3B9DF174A3D9"

Not a very exciting release, dude.

Yup. Sorry! All the cool tricks (UIView#shake, SugarCube::Adjust::tree) are already done! :-)