We’ve been heads down for the last few months working on our new professional offerings: SKIE and Touchlab Pro. We’ll be posting about them soon. While that work has been the major focus, our open source projects have been mostly getting critical updates. As our new projects have been nearing release, we’ve finished a bunch of updates to our open source libraries.

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KMMBridge

We’ve had a few tweaks and updates pending for some time. Those have been pushed with version 0.3.6.

One of the less visible but really important changes is a flag that disables a lot of the “stuff” that needs to happen when actually publishing versions. If you opened a project with earlier versions of KMMBridge on a dev machine, several things might happen in the background that really don’t need to. Now they won’t.

Also, if you happen to use S3 as your publish target, there’s a bug in the default AWS SDK. This version should fix that for you.

Finally, the website has been updated: kmmbridge.touchlab.co

Kermit

Kermit’s API has gone through a fairly significant update. We’ve released 2.0.0-RC with the new changes. Feedback is welcome.

New API

1.x versions had a Logger API that was designed to be called from non-Kotlin environments. For the most part, that meant avoiding default parameters. However, the primary use case is calling from Kotlin. The primary Logger API was updated to be (mostly) source compatible, but now includes simpler method definitions with default parameters.

In simple terms, that means all log calls can have a message, a Throwable, and a tag specified.

For non-Kotlin environments such as Swift and JS, you can export kermit-simple, which provides extension methods to make calling less verbose from those environments (without default parameter support, you’d need to provide each value on each call).

Custom API

We had a lot of feedback about Kermit’s API decisions since releasing it. Some feedback has been incorporated, but some is really just personal preference. For example, full names instead of single letter methods for logging calls (info() instead of i()). You can’t make everybody happy.

However, most of the functionality has been moved to the module kermit-core. The kermit module is now fairly small, and just represents the public Logger API. That means you can add your own Logger API on top of the Kermit internals. See Custom Logger API for more detail.

Website Update

And, of course, the website has been updated: kermit.touchlab.co

CrashKiOS

CrashKiOS has had an interesting history. The library allows Crashlytics and Bugsnag to report symbolicated Kotlin crash reports on iOS (and other Darwin/Apple targets). Most of this functionality was moved into Kermit as we had several requests to support Kermit integration.

Changes

However, crash reporting has other features unrelated to logging, such as custom key/value pairs, and automatically catching hard crashes. Also, NSExceptionKt tweaked the method being used for reporting hard crashes. This allows reports to be consolidated rather than the earlier dual report method.

The crash reporting details from Kermit have been moved back into CrashKiOS, and various parts of NSExceptionKt have been integrated, to support crash reporting as a standalone library again. Kermit’s support has been simplified. You can add log writers for Crashlytics or Bugsnag, but they both delegate to CrashKiOS.

New Website

Website also updated: crashkios.touchlab.co

Stately

Stately was designed to help developers work with the original strict memory model of Kotlin/Native. That memory model has been deprecated. We’ve released one last version of the original Stately built on 1.8.0, for teams that aren’t ready to update everything and who would like to continue using Stately as it was in earlier Kotlin versions.

What Now?

Since the strict memory model has been deprecated, Stately’s future has been up in the air. Internally, we still find some of the concurrency pieces useful, and with the new memory model, there are some utility classes we wanted to have available. It is likely that newer libraries will better handle these cases in the future, but we’ve added them to Stately for now.

stately-concurrency contains structures like locks and atomics. There is functionality similar to Atomic-Fu, and we may eventually deprecate this support in Stately, but for now we continue to use it in our projects.

stately-strict contains shared definitions of things like freeze(). This is only for use in projects that still have this code in their projects and don’t want to remove it. Most projects will be running on the new memory model, and freeze() won’t really do anything.

stately-concurrent-collections is a simple implementation of thread-safe collections. We anticipate somebody will eventually release something more robust, but for now you can easily include this module to have shared collections in your project.

Stately did not get a website refresh. The future utility of Stately is up in the air, so we didn’t prioritize the website update.

Documentation Sites

We’ve moved several of our open source projects’ documentation to Docusaurus. I have been pretty skeptical of these kinds of site generators, but finally took a look at Docusaurus after several team members mentioned it as an option.

It is one of my favorite things now. I’ve even moved my personal site to Docusaurus, just for the blog.

There’s too much going on to explain why I love it, but some highlights (some Docusaurus-specific, some just neat hacks)

  • Docusaurus lets you create custom react components and use them directly in markdown, so we can extend the markdown syntax easily.
  • Dark and light mode.
  • Code style is highly customizable. Kotlin code has Intellij/Android Studio colors, while Swift looks like Xcode (see Kermit docs).
  • Our doc build process auto-replaces version strings into code samples. This isn’t Dosusaurus specific, but a nice add on. The CI process gets the latest published release string and replaces a template string in the markdown. Anything in gradle.properties can be swapped as well.

It’s easy to tweak and extend. It’s just great.

The home page of each doc site is now using a simple react template (from cruip.com). That uses tailwind CSS, which is the other new (to me) web thing I’m in love with now. Although there’s been discussion, Docusaurus doesn’t have a tailwind theme, so the CSS is a bit of a blended hack. Once you get started, it’s really easy to develop with it.