Swift programming

by Admin OSMiUM, November 4, 2014

This is an article for you on how to get started with Apple’s new Swift programming language. Learn how to use Apple Swift, and you can start creating apps for iOS.

So what is Swift…

Swift is set to eventually replace, Apple’s current Objective-C programming language. Objective – C was developed in the 1980s and brought to the Mac in 1996. It has been 17 years since Apple released a new programming language. So Swift is very important to the Apple developer community.

Also we can say Swift is a new programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch and it is a programming framework for Mac OS X and iOS, respectively.

What you need to program with swift

Swift programs are created using Xcode 6 or later, the latest edition of Apple’s integrated development environment (IDE). Also you can install the latest version of the Xcode for a Mac running OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later, with the latest point release and security patches installed.

What are the advantages with programming in swift

In my thoughts my biggest concern is about the ways Objective-C and Swift work with each other. Swift is designed to sit alongside existing Objective-C programs. This enables developers to add Swift code to existing apps without having to replace all the older Objective-C code.

Apple says’, Swift will provide a number of significant speed advantages to developers. A complex object sort, for example, will run 3.9x faster than an implementation of the same algorithm in Python. That’s also faster than Objective-C, which is 2.8x faster than the Python version.

Apple is beginning this transition as Swift is modeled after the benefits of Objective-C while putting a better syntax and style management on it. Swift’s syntax does not require semi-colons at the end of each line, and functions are easier to understand. So it is easier programming language to read, and code.

Hear are some of the highlights of the language according to Apple

  • Closures unified with function pointers
  • Tuples and multiple return values
  • Generics
  • Fast and concise iteration over a range or collection
  • Strutcs and concise iteration over a range or collect.
  • Functional programming patterns, e.g.: map and filter

Swift being a brand new language introduces an exciting opportunity. It’s a perfect time to start learning no matter your programming background. My next article is going to be about “Getting Started with swift“.