software development

Why You Should Make The Switch to Snapkit

July 3rd, 2018

Coders of the world— you could be making your lives easier! If you are a programmer, there is a tool that can make your process cleaner. Snapkit is a third-party API with auto layout constraints, which can make coding a breeze.

For coders near and far, far and wide— Snapkit has the potential to be your new best friend. Snapkit describes their services as, “An auto layout DSL for IOS and OSX.”

Why You Should Make The Switch to Snapkit


Now, if you are a coder that loves StoryBoard, you might be scoffing at the mere suggestion of SnapKit. I know loyalty to StoryBoard can run deep. Yet, with StoryBoard the files are heavier and the load times are long. Furthermore, with StoryBoard, it can get tricky when trying to incorporate different screen sizes. SnapKit eliminates these coding hurdles.

You can install Snapkit with CocoaPods (a dependency manager), Carthage (a decentralized dependency manager), or you can do it manually. You can read more about the install process and the commands needed to start with Snapkit here.

Snapkit has the ability to make your coding easier, cleaner, and quicker. As a software development agency, Codal has a strong team of programmers, who build the high tech custom apps and websites for our clientele. We are immersed in the world of coding and are constantly searching for ways to make it easier. We have reviewed Snapkit and here is how Snapkit can make your coding simpler:

Cleaner Code

The beauty of Snapkit is that its constraints are easy to set up and execute. If you’re an experienced coder, you know the wonderful world of constraints: a set of parameters that only allow certain sequences. As a result, there is less code that needs to be made. Voila! Cleaner, easier to manage lines of code.

With minimal code that needs to be written, also accounts for fewer programmer errors. With Snapkit shortening these lines, it can avoid invalid constraints from being created. Therefore, as the coder, you can spend less time writing your code and focus your energy elsewhere.

If you take a peek at Snapkit’s site, they detail the commands that coders need to implement in order to enact these constraints, or “filters” as I like to think of them. With Snapkit, programmers can easily adjust their code to account for: UIView/NSView, ViewAttribute, commenting on what is equal/greater than/less than, prioritizing certain lines, and changing composition commands (sizing, edges, center).

Snapkit also provides a streamlined way to remove, replace, or update constraints. Their detailed commands on their homepage allow you to have a simple way to find and manipulate constraints.

Snapkit shortens and increases the readability of code. As seen below, Snapkit is constrained to having 20pts of padding; yet, compresses this command into being shorter and more manageable.

Why You Should Make The Switch to Snapkit


This is what makes Snapkit more advantageous to those who code—it can provide the same amount of information but can fine-tune it with these constraints.

Chaining constraints

As I noted above, Snapkit can shorten large amounts of code with its convenient constraints. With the amount of code that you have to write, less is truly more. Less code you have to write is more time that you could be spending elsewhere.

Another way that Snapkit makes this code concise is through the ability to chain the constraints that you create. By making these constraints into a chain, you can easily add new lines to account for more features or parameters. As a result, this chain makes the code easier to add to and read.

Snapkit also allows you to reference multiple constraints if you store them in an array. Chaining together commands helps with functionality and streamlined code creation.

Beautiful Interfaces in a ‘Snap’

Snapkit creates adaptive interfaces that respond to changes in screen size and orientation of the devices it’s being implemented on. This tool allows developers to create high-quality UI for their users with less tedious coding.

Snapkit allows developers to custom build views and layouts through their code and its corresponding constraints.

Snapkit can provide you with a way to enhance your UI. However, there are other ways that you can improve your UI (without having to build code from the ground up).

You can get in contact with a UI design services company, to find out how else you can custom build and enhance your interface’s UI.

Taylor Cygan


Taylor is a content writing intern at Codal, authoring blog posts anywhere from UX design to other facets of the vast World Wide Web. Working alongside the talented members of the Codal team, Taylor works to produce relevant and engaging content. When she’s not immersed in the world of development and design services, Taylor spends her time: reading classic American literature, binge-watching a Netflix series, or ordering an excessively large iced coffee from her local Starbucks.


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