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Language Spotlight: Swift

Objective-C is a traditional programming language that's been around for 30 years. In 2014, Apple announced a new open-source programming language, Swift, which is seen by many as a faster alternative to Objective-C. Swift is a high-level language, meaning that it takes less time and fewer commands to accomplish a task. Swift is the language that new applications are built in for Mac OS X and iOS platforms.

SWIFT FAQs

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WHY DID APPLE CREATE A NEW LANGUAGE?

As stated above, Objective-C's been around for 30 years, so it's time for an upgrade. Programming languages and mobile development practices have changed drastically in the past several years, so it's no surprise that Apple has created a new language to match this.

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WHY IS IT CALLED SWIFT?

Apple chose the name Swift to exhibit the speed of the language.

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WHAT IS THE PLAYGROUND?

Swift's Playground lets programmers see their code on a web browser without going through the process of publishing their code. Users who are just starting out with Swift can go through a series of puzzles to introduce themselves to the code. Learn more.

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HOW FAST IS SWIFT?

According to Apple, Swift is more than 2.6x faster than Objective-C and more than 8.4x faster than Python.

HOW CAN I LEARN SWIFT?

Start with Swift's free Playground exercises to get a feel for the language. If you're really interested in learning coding for mobile applications, your best bet for getting the skills you need is to attend an immersive learning program.

WHERE CAN I LEARN SWIFT?

Skills Fund partners with a number of bootcamps who offer programs specifically designed around mobile applications.

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BLOC

Bloc offers a 16- or 32- week full- or part-time iOS Fundamentals program.

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Code Fellows

Codefellow's 501 course has a special track in iOS App Development.

Coding Dojo

CODING DOJO

Coding Dojo's Immersive Onsite Bootcamp contains a mobile track.

Dev Mountain

DEV MOUNTAIN

DevMountain offers a full- and part-time iOS Immersive program.

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THINKFUL

Thinkful offers an online Mobile Development course.

So you're probably asking yourself: Which program is right for me?

Answer: It all depends!

Look at geography: No matter where you are in the country, you can benefit from an immersive bootcamp education through an online program. There are in-person programs in almost every state. View our list of bootcamps by location to see if there's one near your doorstep!

Look at culture: Just as you'd be hesitant to attend a college without touring the campus - you need to visit your bootcamp space before committing to it (even if it's through a virtual info session).

Look at outcomes: Ask the school if they have reported their student outcomes. You wouldn't want to spend 12 weeks in a program that won't prepare you for your future. The great thing about Skills Fund: We've done this for you. We don't partner with crappy programs, and all of our partners have been through our vetting process to make sure they're worthy of your time and money.

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