What is Swift?
Swift is a compiled programming language introduced by Apple for iOS development in 2014. Ever since it has expanded and many user have used for many app developments.
If you ever tried to design apps and programs but found it difficult to do so, then here is the solution to your problem. And now this solution is open source and available freely to all. Yes, that’s true.
Apple states that the language ‘Swift code is interactive, concise yet expressive’. For developers looking to build on the iOS platform, the software is a powerful weapon for designers and developers to develop applications that are unique and yet simple. This language works alongside Objective-C, which alone lacks user-friendliness.
Easier to create apps
Now that this language has become open source and its compiler is public, developers can recreate the compiler as per their requirements. The iOS apps would become compatible for the non-Apple interfaces.
Observing the present scenario in the app development industry, Swift is being used for many programs and is expected to be the background for many applications shortly.
Swift is modern, cleaner, powerful yet simple and interactive. Still there are certain limitations to its source code. This is because it is quite efficient until its libraries are unaltered.
Lately, the policies were amended to provide deeper access to the hardware and the in-built apps, lowering the sandbox walls to allow apps to communicate and form the web to let the apps work together and conclude into a platform that can help achieve new solutions.
Integration made simpler
These have let the apps like Apple Maps link to the Siri, iCloud the mail and many more. These policies have not just brought new apps, but these have given an opportunity for the developers to design apps on a platform that would not be specific to just one environment.
Identification of errors and bugs would become simpler and thus it makes swift a language of the common man. Open source would also be an advantage to the language since its source code is available to the public, it can be reshaped. These additions can improve the language and these can help develop new products.
The freedom given to the developers would remove all the restrictions that they face due to copyright issues and limited access. Now better apps can be made.
Apple’s senior VP Mr. Federighi had some interesting words when asked about what Swift would mean to iOS developers. ‘We think Swift is the next big programming language, the one we will all do application and systems programming on for 20 years to come. We think it should be everywhere and used by everyone.’ Apple’s focus on making Swift the next big programming language is unmistakable, a fact that the programming language is already in the top 20 programming languages now.
It has been seen that open source programs have led to great developments for the OS, like Google’s Android. We do look forward to such response from the Swift.