Jun 3 2014, 10:48pm CDT | by Bijon Kumar Pramanik
iOS and OS X Apps have traditionally relied on the Objective-C programming language for development, but Apple has now introduced a programming language of their own that promises to make it more accessible to people who aren’t already creating them.
According to Apple Balla, Swift will work well with existing software, working side by side with Objective-C and Cocoa. By using the same runtime and compiler, it won’t be anything drastically different on the coding side, but it will offer an incredible increase in speed and performance. According to the statistics that Apple has released, it is 2.8 times faster than Python when performing the same tasks.
The goal is to make a language that is much safer, unifying the object-oriented parts of the language and using different types of variables and operators. These will all be initialized before they can be used, preventing overflow or problems with memory that might otherwise arise.
To learn the new language, Apple is providing a guide through the developers site as well as in the iBook platform. With the addition of opening up the beta testing program to everyday users, it would seem that Apple is attempting to make App development more accessible on the whole, bringing many new people into the system and make it easier than ever to produce Apps that meet visions that existing developers might not be capable of.
Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.
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