Today has been a big release day for Apple with the iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3, Apple has also released Swift Playgrounds, a new app that is aimed at teaching everyone how to code through simple, interactive coding activities. The hope is that it will make coding seem "easy and fun."
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The new app was first announced in June at WWDC, but it seemed to get little fanfare. It is aimed at people who have absolutely no coding experience, and it will actually be used in schools as a standard curriculum.
First announced in June at WWDC, Swift Playgrounds is meant for beginners who have no experience with coding, and it will be deployed in numerous schools around the world as standard curriculum.
"Everyone should have the opportunity to learn coding, and we are excited to bring Swift Playgrounds to the next generation of programmers looking for a fun and easy way to explore key coding concepts using real code," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "More than 100 schools around the world have already committed to adding Swift Playgrounds to their fall curriculum, and we can't wait to see what students create with it."
Swift Playgrounds is organized into structured lessons that introduce new concepts that guide users throughout the puzzles and challenges. There are three characters that need to be led through a graphical world using different coding commands, performing loops, creating functions, and using conditional code and variables.
Apple hopes to keep releasing new lessons on a regular basis.
The app include built-in templates that can be modified to create customized programs to share.
Swift Playgrounds is compatible with all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, along with the iPad mini 2 and later. iOS 10 is required to download the app, which is available for free from the App Store.