Developed by Apple, the Swift programming language is designed to bring a modern approach to software development by providing an expressive syntax and fast integration with other tools. The language is intended to replace conventional programming languages such as C, C++, or Objective-C.
Use Swift with Apple’s Xcode and start developing new projects
To start developing software application using Swift, you need a Mac running on OS X El Capitan with Xcode installed, or a computer running on Linux.
Note that the Swift language, package managers, libraries, and debugger are made available to anyone under an Open Source license, so you can start coding right away.
To help you get started, Apple provides detailed installation guides, but also an extensive documentation that covers the Swift programming language and provides a formal reference. Additional resources include sample code, videos, and so on.
Moreover, Swift comes with API design guidelines, and anyone can analyze the source code since it’s made available in multiple open source repositories that are hosted on GitHub.
Write cleaner code using a programming language less inclined to include errors
The whole idea behind Swift is to help developers produce source code that is both easy to write and to read. Swift builds on other programming languages yet employs a more natural syntax that allows the developer to express in a cleaner manner.
Worth mentioning is that Swift manages the memory automatically and implements various standards designed to increase the code safety such as checking variables or using special syntax for nil objects.
Use Swift to develop cross-platform software projects
The open source Swift programming language is supported by all Apple platforms (OS X, iOS,tvOS, and watchOS) and integrates with the Xcode system, but it can also be used to create apps and libraries on Linux. However, Swift is flexible enough to be ported to other platforms as well.
To conclude, Swift aims to bring a new standard in software development by offering a cleaner, safer, and faster solution for developing code that is easier to write, read, and maintain.