At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this week, Apple announced the latest iOS 8 and Mac OS X “Yosemite” operating systems. Apple fanboys will appreciate the attention to pixels included in this latest revision. And after all the glitz of the OS updates, the keynote speakers followed up with a new product most Apple users will never even notice: Swift. Swift is a new programming language, crafted to meet the needs of iOS and Mac OS app developers. In the vernacular of software developers: It’s about (reader.Age >= 18 ? GetNextCurseWord() : “”) time!
Anyone who is serious about creating software for Apple platforms has had to contend with Objective-C. It’s a powerful language, in much the same way that a weapons factory is powerful. You can build something really awesome, but first you have to get access to basic components and crude raw materials, engineer a complete assembly-line process with little room for error, and fill out the requisite government forms. Swift, it seems, is out to change that.