In this quick UIKit tutorial I'll show you how to create a simple UICollectionView without Interface Builder, but only using Swift.
If you'd like to add views to your cell, you should use the
init(frame:) method, and set up your view hierarchy there. Instead of
awakeFromNib you should style your views in the init method as well. You can reset everything inside the usual
prepareForReuse method. As you can see by using anchors sometimes it's worth to ditch IB entirely. 🎉
Creating collection view controllers using only Swift code requires only a few additional lines. You can implement
loadView and create your
UICollectionView object there. Store a weak reference of it inside the controller, and the rest is the same.
That was easy. Anchors are really powerful, Interface Builder is extremely helpful, but sometimes it's just faster to create your views from code. The choice is yours, but please don't be afraid of coding user interfaces! 😅