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Oddities of UIStackView

Angel G. Olloqui 06 March, 2016

With iOS9, Apple introduced a new container view called UIStackView. Stack views can be seen as the iOS equivalent for the LinearLayout in Android. Likewise, the usage is pretty straightforward, especially if you from Interface Builder, and when used properly can save the developers lots of time.
However, this special view comes with its own set of gotchas that are hard to find at first, and that can complicate your life hugely. With this post I want to cover the main issues and tricks that I have found while using stack views for a few months. Note that I am not going to cover the basic usage of UIStackView, there are plenty of references on Internet for that (check references below). Let’s get started!

Where is the drawing phase?

One of my first issues with Stack Views was setting up some basic properties like background color or borders. An interesting aspect of this views is that they do not have a normal render phase. Instead, they are container views, and any code you place in the drawRect method drawing into the current context will actually output nothing. This is what the documentation says:

Tags: ios, uistackview, autolayout, uikit