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Swift: Dawn of a Programming Language

Published on 29 February 16

When it comes to programming languages, these are ever-evolving. As we witness different trends come and go, there is something that is showing its determination to stay for a long time.

Yes, we are talking about Swift. It has not only arrived to supersede Objective-C as far as development of different iOS devices is concerned, but it will displace C for embedded programming on Apple platforms.

You must be wondering, why?

Here, we have outlined some of the reasons that would prove the credibility of Swift:

Easier readability

Swift specializes in unifying all the keywords and removal of various symbols, for instance @ and [[[ ]]]. Thus, resulting in a clearer language with simplified grammar and syntax.

As the language closely resembles natural English, it makes Swift easily readable for existing programmers from Python, Java, C#, C++ in its adoption into the tool change.

Simple Maintenance

Unlike C and objective C, Swift has done away with two-file requirement. Thus, it has been made easy as dependencies can be figured out and incremental builds are carried out by Xcode and the LLVM compiler in Swift 1.2 automatically.

With Swift, a programmer can do less bookkeeping and devote more time in the creation of app logic. Moreover, boilerplate work has been cut down by the programming language and quality comments, code and features supported is also improved.

Less code is required in Swift

Any Mobile Application Development Company would very well know the fact that the amount of code that is required for string manipulation and repetitive statements has been cut down to a great extent by Swift. The programming language adopts modern features like the addition of two strings with ‘+’ operator, which is not present in Objective-C.

Furthermore, swift’s type system also brings down the code statements perplexity. It supports string interpolation, that has easily done away with the need to remember tokens. With swift, programmers can easily insert variable related string (user-facing), including button line or label.

Efficient unification with memory management

One of the amazing features of Swift is that it has unified the language in a way that was never possible with Objective-C. Not only that, but across the object-oriented and procedural code paths, complete support is available for ARC (Automatic Reference Counting)

The need for a programmer to think about memory for every time he/she creates a digital object has been done away with. Because of the reason that Automatic Reference Counting in Swift can work across both object-oriented and procedural code, there is requirement of more mental context switches for a programmer, as he/she writes code that touches APIs of lower level - an issue that is common in Objective C

The above features are enough to convey the importance of Swift in iOS development. In case, you are still in confusion regarding the capabilities of Swift in place of Objective C, then contacting an IOS App Development Company would be a feasible option for clearing doubts and acquiring assistance.

It is high time that you switch to more flexible and approachable, Swift for the development of iOS and OS X. In short, Objective-C is the thing of the past, but the future belongs to Swift!

This blog is listed under Development & Implementations and Mobility Community

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