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Custom UIView backing layers

Published on 25 May 2018

By overriding layerClass you can tell UIKit what CALayer class to use for a UIView's backing layer. That way you can reduce the amount of layers, and don't have to do any manual layout.

final class GradientView: UIView {
    override class var layerClass: AnyClass { return CAGradientLayer.self }

    var colors: (start: UIColor, end: UIColor)? {
        didSet { updateLayer() }

    private func updateLayer() {
        let layer = self.layer as! CAGradientLayer
        layer.colors = { [$0.start.cgColor, $0.end.cgColor] }

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