On 2nd June 2014 Apple launched its multi-paradigm programming language called Swift. All speculations point to Swift as “THE” new era of programming. It is also said that it will “BE” the platform on choice for iOS. Developers around the world are already looking forward to this new language with lots of excitement. Let’s look at what Swift entails and see what the fuss is all about.
We already know that it’ Apple’s new programming language. But what we don’t know is that it took years of research and studies to finally come out with this breakthrough language. Swift is built on Low Level Virtual Machine (LLVM) complier and runtime. Which means that it’s a blend of the best features in Objective C (the current programming language for iOS) and C (a general purpose language – which laid the ground rules for other programming languages).
Swift also bursts less compatibility constraints, simplicity in scripting, and capability to run millions of parallel programs faster.
Let’s just say Swift is performance driven, fast, flexible, simple and easy for programmers to use. Key advantages that make this it a promising tool for the future is as follows:
Just before its formal launch, Apple announced some key features that promises Swift to be more lucid and capable for developers. For instance, it supports a variety of crucial programming aspects like Functional Programming Patterns, Generics and Closures with Function Pointers. It also has a much improved and optimized memory allocation capabilities. Many sources of bugs and crashes have been comprehensively addressed in Swift. It has become much easier now to debug apps thanks to added features like Playgrounds and Real Oval Print Loop or REPL – which is packaged with Swift by default.
As if the above mentioned is not enough, Here are a few more advantages that makes Swift a safer bet compared to other programming languages.
In closing, there is much more to learn about this new program. Apple has a tall stack of promises to keep – which we can safely say is common for the tech giant. iOS has come a long way with hundreds of millions of users globally. Now with Swift’s abilities and features, we all can’t help but wonder what new applications of the future will hold.
I bet it will be awesome.