Here are some of the things I did in the tech-sphere on 2020.


Swift on AWS Lambda

Back in May, Swift AWS Lambda Runtime package was announced on I was really stoked, since I had been interested in building Lambda functions in Swift for a while, and so far, while doable, the support was limited. With this new package backed by the Swift Server Work Group, everything changed.

Since then, I’ve had the pleasure to work on several projects using AWS Lambda and Swift.

WWDC 2020

Despite the coronavirus, and despite being online, WWDC was big this year. BigSur and SwiftUI “2.0” looking very promising, and new Apple Silicon!! It was fun month to experiment with Xcode 12 beta, SwiftUI and multi-platform SwiftUI applications for macOS & iOS.

Carthage vs. Swift Package Manager

The introduction of ARM processors for macOS caused a lot of trouble for Carthage. Swift Package Manager in the other hand, with native support included since Xcode 11, introduced support for embedded resources (SE-0271) and binary framework distribution starting with Swift 5.3.

Published Open Source

I released several open-source projects in 2020, here is the list:

  • Blog - my new over-engineered blog engine for blogging with GitHub Issues
  • Stripes - configurable SwiftUI stripped background
  • ObjcCrashDemo - to showcase Obj-c interoperability issues with Swift optionals.
  • DateTemplates - declarative way for building date templates and no longer worry about YYYY vs yyyy and such.
  • DynamoDB demo - Using DynamoDB from the command line, in Swift

Open Source Contributions

Own maintained repos:

Not many contributions to third-party open source repos, to be honest:

Some GitHub Statistics

For 2020, these are some numbers (including both private and public repositories):

  • Submitted ~385 pull requests (the vast majority at work)
  • My most starred repo is SourceDocs with 268 stars
  • Started 11 new (private) projects that didn’t finish, and a couple others that are in progress.

Amazon Web Services

I’ve been using Amazon Web Services for over a decade. I remember when back in 2009 (or 2010?), Kyle Wiens from iFixtit did a talk at Central Coast Code Camp, showcasing how to use EC2 instances behind a load balancer. Back then I had web servers running on Rackspace Cloud, but I was sold on AWS.

This year I did some AWS training and got certified as AWS Certified Developer - Associate.

It’s been an intensive end of the year, with much training and studying besides day-to-day work.

This article was written as an issue on my Blog repository on GitHub (see Issue #11)