June 13, 2016
Just watching the WWDC, and Apple has a new app coming out that will allow students to learn Swift on the iPad. They’ve solved the keyboard issue as well – now you have direct access to code important keys.
Should be out for September 2016.
June 7, 2014
It’s been a few days since the xCode 6 beta and Swift was released by Apple to members of the iOS Developer Program. I’ve been working with Swift and created a few screencasts but because of NDA restrictions, I cannot post the videos!
But, I can talk about the language and teach you how to code in Swift – just without showing you xCode Beta 6.
I’ve already put out a quick article (on KillerPHP.com) a few days ago where I went over some basic concepts in Swift.
The NDA should be unlocked very soon and so my videos will have to wait until then. But in the meantime, I will be covering Swift and iOS programming using other code editors and releasing those publicly. In private though, I will be working on Swift screencasts and as soon as the beta period is over, I will release them all.
June 4, 2014
I think Apple’s Swift programming language will quickly become one of the most important languages you can learn. Besides being the language of MacOSX, you can use Swift to swiftly create iOS (iPad, iPhone) games among other apps.
… Did I mention games!!
iPad will become the Gaming Platform
I think iPad and gaming will become one. Consider these facts:
- Already major gaming companies are porting complete games to iOS.
- There are new games that now play on both consoles like PS4 as well as the iPad. So now you can play online vs people who are on their PS4, while you are on the iPad.
- Some of the most popular games in the world are on mobile only – Ipad being dominate.
What makes Swift Special?
Swift was announced about 2 days ago and I just installed the beta yesterday … so I’ve only just written a bit of Swift code so far. That said, it looks like a powerful language that writes like a nimble scripting language – reminds me of Python.
What makes Swift special is found in it’s namesake – it’s fast, easy to learn and easy to write. Apple claims Swift runs much faster than Objective C and especially Python.
Along with the Swift language, Apple created an app that allows you to view your code working in real-time, this application is called Playground and it comes with the iOS SDK and Xcode. You can learn more here:
I just started looking at Swift and I plan to dive much deeper into it.