Apple's Swift Bared: Its Whereabouts Exposed

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By Naveena Joy | June 8, 2014 9:39 PM EST

Apple has rolled out Swift, a new programming language that has gotten a huge round of applause from the audience.

The Verge reported "it's easy to understand this is a big deal." Apple's traditional choice of language, Objective-C, has been working for Macs, iPhones and iPads from the time it started in about 30 years. For Apple, it is bound to bring in something new from the developing side.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook departs the stage following his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.

CNET reported Swift shares the elements of newer popular languages like Python and Javascript which are easy to write and test. Compared to Swift, these are not powerful and generally don't perform well. Similarly, Objective-C gives better access to the power of the device and enables the creation of more comprehensive apps, but are difficult to learn and tedious to collate and test.

Apple promises that Swift is considerably faster to execute than Python and faster than Objective-C. But CNET also cited the language also supports "playgrounds" within the Xcode developer environment that visualizes Swift code like a scripting language.

The next big thing about Swift as the Verge suggests is that the programmers can write their codes and see the results in real time. In comparison to the old tradition, developers writing line after line of code in the text box, then compiling the results is a lengthy, painful and productivity denting task.

With Swift, the developers in the same coding environment can see the changes happen right away by punching in a parameter or algorithm. This results in faster understanding of the concepts in a lesser time.

To summarize, CNET cited the ability to quickly and easily test apps the moment it is written is highly potential for developers in creating complex apps faster. Swift can make a major impact on the compilation and testing process as it enables application developers to release more thoroughly tested apps quickly.

Also, Swift is a short language where writing is minimal and could speed up app development.

If Swift proves to faster than Objective-C, then it could also see impressive graphics in games with the help of Apple's new Metal interface and more compatibility from other apps without buying a new phone.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook departs the stage following his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California.
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