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Beginning iOS Media App Development by Ahmed Bakir

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Chapter    14

Getting Started with Swift

It is very hard to end an iOS book written after June 2, 2014 without a mention of one of the most earthshaking announcements in recent years: Swift. Swift is Apple’s brand-new programming language, intended to lower the barrier to entry to iOS and OS X. For many developers, Objective-C’s unique blend of C and Smalltalk syntax is extremely daunting. It is rare for universities to have a purely C-based computer science curriculum these days, because the jobs that rely on it typically involve either extremely low-level programming or legacy code. While Smalltalk was one of the first pure object-oriented programming (OOP) languages, its syntax is unlike any other popular language, and the language rarely ...

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