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Archive for June 3rd, 2014

by Tom Nelson

Falling under the radar for many news sites was the announcement of Apple’s newest programming language, Swift, during this year’s WWDC keynote address. Developers and aspiring developers can use Swift to write apps for both OS X and iOS devices.

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Swift has a number of key features, including an anticipated speed-up in code execution compared to equivalent Objective C code. The elimination of, or at least a good deal less emphasis on, defined variables and constants means the compiler can infer the variable type based on the first instance of a value being assigned.

Other features that developers, as well as individuals who are new to programming, will appreciate is the vastly improved memory management, which makes use of reference counting instead of the garbage collection system used by Objective C.

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