December 15, 2018
A new tech blog is on the roll. From whom? Well, the tech leader Apple has recently launched a blog explaining about the latest trend setter technology – Apple Swift. This post has sparked a debate whether this programming language is set to open up Apple more. Whatever the result of this debate is, one thing is for sure, the information shared by Apple about Swift is a good sign for iOS app development and developers as a whole. Though some are working at adding libraries and other are showing feelings of angst about this language being a future shock, this platform is sure to put a smile of faces of developers.
Getting to the roots of Swift
Swift will utilize runtime and LLVM compiler similar to Objective-C implementation from Apple. This means that both Objective-C and Swift can survive simultaneously in one application. The new language will provide access for all Cocoa touch and Cocoa features that developers use currently for forming Objective-C. This means that developers will not feel that the technology is something new. However, this will be for those who have already worked on Objective-C. It will lead to unifying the object-oriented and procedural portions from the language.
Advantageous variants in comparison to Objective-C
Apple Swift however, does seem to deviate from Objective-C in somethings more than the syntax. Further, it also has variable features such as optional types and tuples. Additionally, the new technology includes the operators which are not visible in the Objective-C language. These operators permit developers the option of performing remainder operations.
Apple claims that the technology of Swift will render numerous other significant advantages in terms of speed for the developers. For example, complex object sorts will be able to run 3.9 times faster than when similar algorithms are implemented in Python. This is also more fast than the Objective-C language. Further, Apple Swift is quite easy to learn and can aid developers in processing. Moreover, the compatibility of runtime for iOS application development is ensured with Swift and it is sure to keep on evolving with time. The binary interface is also destined to change. From the developer perspective, building the app components with same Xcode version along with Swift compiler is best for ensuring that they perform together.
Some caution for developers
Developers need to understand that they should manage the frameworks carefully. To explain with an example, if the project utilizes a framework for sharing code with embedded extensions, and the need is to build the app, extensions and frameworks together, then it will be harmful for relying on the binary frameworks which use Swift from some third party options. This is because, once Swift alters, these frameworks can become incompatible with your app.
Finally, developers need to first take a close look at Apple Swift and how it can be related to some other languages. Apple has made documentation for the same available; both on the developer site and as a book too. As Objective-C was found to be difficult in initial days to understand, so will Swift be; especially if you do not have a firsthand experience of working with Objective-C. However, one thing is for sure; Swift is more accessible in comparison to Objective-C. The developers seem to be on track to replace the coveted Objective-C language with this new platform. Apple has actually managed to surprise developers with the launch of Apple Swift programming language.
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