Swift is a programming language for creating iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps. Swift builds on the best of C and Objective-C, without the constraints of C compatibility. Swift adopts safe programming patterns and adds modern features to make programming easier, more flexible, and more fun. Swift’s clean slate, backed by the mature and much-loved Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, is an opportunity to reimagine how software development works.
This book provides:
- A tour of the language.
- A detailed guide delving into each language feature.
- A formal reference for the language.
A Great Break from Objective-C
This specification marks a new foundation in iOS/Mac development, where the shackles of distractingly bad language design (merging two wholly-separate languages) and aggressively unclear syntax have been discarded. There’s a lot of hope I hold out for this language, although I would like to see some love for features that other functional hybrids have (such as Mixins from Ruby or Traits from Scala) in future revisions. It is exciting, however, to see the first nail in the coffin for Objective-C.
After reading just the first few pages, I was hooked to the simple language of Swift and wanted to read each page after the next!
Looks intriguing. The programming language itself does combine familiar elements, but until I know exactly what it can do, I can't judge the programming language itself.
As for the way the book was written, it seems like it won't be a good starting point for beginners. The programming language itself looks okay for beginners, but the book looks like it tends to someone with more experience with other languages first.
All in all, Swift is something I'll have to wait out to see its real purposes as I continue to delve into the book.