swift programming language official logo

As we are living in the world of mobility where everything is available at the touch of a finger there have been millions of apps released by companies across the globe to cater the needs of its customers effectively and with plain sailing. However in this overwhelming flock of operating system and phones one stands out from the rest. Yes, it is none other than Apple’s iPhone.

At Apple’s annual affair – WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference), held on June 2, 2014, where the company addresses the developers who make apps for the iOS and OSX platforms, there was an announcement that Swift, Apple’s new programming language, would replace the native Objective C as the language for building apps.

Swift is an innovative and new programming language for the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. Apple states that the apps developed with this new language will be lightning quick. Swift code also provides the benefit of running side-by-side with Objective C that assists the developers to slowly upgrade their code as they go!

So here we look at the advantages of Apple’s new Swift programming language for developing the iOS and the OSX apps over the native Objective C.

1) Modern approach to programming

Swift has been formed by the latest research on programming language that will make the developers beaming with joy as it is easy to learn Swift. Inferred types are a boon to the developers as they do not have to go through the agonizing task of defining the variables they’re using.

One of the primary advantages of using Swift is its “automatic garbage collection”.This means that Swift will automatically dispose of any unused information and free the memory rather than the developers having to go through the trouble of dealing with the memory management. Swift also supports a new concept called “closures” that allows the developers to build a small piece of code that can repeatedly collect information. Also, forget about having to deal with errors that is caused by semicolons as Swift makes this optional.

2) The Interactive Playground

swift language benefits(Image Source- https://devimages.apple.com.edgekey.net/swift/images/swift-screenshot.jpg)

Playgrounds is one of the USP of Swift programming language. Input in a line of code and the Swift programming language instantly displays the output. To further extend its functionality, if you have a loop in your code, you can monitor its progress on the timeline assistant. The timelines displays the variables in a graph and draws each step. Playgrounds also allows the developers to experiment with the new APIs.

3) Safety First

Swift eliminates classes of unsafe code. The memory is managed automatically, the variables have to be initialized before use, arrays and other elements are checked for overflow. Syntax is made easier– keyword var is used for variables and let used for constants.
The safe patterns in Swift is also tuned in for the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch APIs. This makes the entire process of developing apps for the iOS and OS X extremely easy and more importantly safe.

4) High-speed

As its name implies the Swift programming language was built to be fast. The incredibly quick and high-performing LLVM compiler transforms the Swift code into optimized native code to get the most out of its devices. The syntax and standard library have also been tuned to make the code perform optimally.

Although first highly appreciated by the developers and also the relative ease to learn Swift, it will be interesting to see if the developers shift their focus to learn a new language and also shifting their existing apps from the older Objective-C would create an apprehension in their minds. Having said that, Swift provides an excellent performance and safety compared to the native Objective-C and also provides developers a chance to learn Swift that is easy and helpful. As the saying goes– “Let’s wait and watch”.

Contact Snyxius