Mov­ing Swiftly on…

Mac Format - - WWDC 2014 -

No­body saw this com­ing. Ap­ple pulled a rab­bit (or bird) right out of the hat. Swift is Ap­ple’s new pro­gram­ming lan­guage, and it’s de­signed to re­place Ob­jec­tive-C, a thirty-year-old lan­guage that Ap­ple had been us­ing since ac­quir­ing NeXT in 1996. Ap­ple had done a lot of work, lat­terly, to mit­i­gate a lot of the things about Ob­jec­tive-C that frus­trated de­vel­op­ers or made it un­suit­able for mod­ern app de­vel­op­ment, but it ap­par­ently felt it had done all it could by tin­ker­ing around the edges. It was time for a fresh start.

Surely, though, one of the most no­table things about Swift is Ap­ple kept it un­der wraps. There are fewer places it could leak from, of course – with iPhones, for ex­am­ple, leaks can spring up along the sup­ply chain, and news can get out from third-party case-mak­ers, for ex­am­ple – but it’s a big deal and no­body heard a dickie bird.

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