6 Reasons the Swift Programming Language Is Worth Learning

Swift Is for Mac and iOS Apps

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Throughout 2016, the App Store generated approximately $20 billion in sales for app developers across both Mac and iOS platforms. Since Apple takes a 30 percent cut for App Store sales, we can estimate that users spent around $28.5 billion on apps that year.

That’s huge. Don’t you want a piece of that pie?

The Swift language can be used to create both Mac and iOS apps, acting as the eventual replacement for the antiquated Objective-C language which was the only native option for Mac and iOS developers until now. Learn one language, create apps on both platforms, and tap into the still-growing app market. Two birds with one stone.

Swift Is Great for Rapid Development

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When the Apple team designed Swift, they had two big requirements in mind: it should be easy to learn, and it should promote an easier and faster development cycle for apps. Well, when compared to Objective-C, it’s clear that they succeeded.

Swift has all the trappings of a modern programming language and holds your hand through the coding process. Important native features include:

  • No undefined or uninitialized variables.
  • No array-out-of-bounds errors.
  • No integer overflow errors.
  • Explicit handling of nil (null) values.
  • Automatic memory management.
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