To drawRect or not to drawRect?

When you go searching StackOverflow for some instructions on how to do some custom drawing on iOS, you’ll often find that the top answer instructs you to create a custom subclass of UIView, and override the drawRect: method. But is this always the best approach? What does drawRect: actually do, and what are the other options for custom drawing on iOS?

In March 2014 I popped over to the US on behalf of ShinobiControls and presented this as a talk at CocoaConf DC and CocoaConf Mini Austin. I’ve collected the slides and relevant links in this post for you to enjoy.

The slides are below - and are available on SpeakerDecK:

The accompanying arrow-drawing project is available on Github at Feel free to fork it and send me pull requests with any mistakes you find =]

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That’s it. I’m all out