What's New in Swift 3

What's New in Swift 3

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Swift 3 is the first significant release since Apple’s heralded programming language became an open source project in late 2015. In this report, Jon Manning, Paris Buttfield-Addison, and Tim Nugent—authors of Learning Swift—provide a tour of Swift 3 and its growing ecosystem. You’ll learn about the language’s most impactful and interesting new features, and explore Swift’s use on non-Apple platforms.

Many changes in Swift 3 are subtle refinements that knock the rough corners off the language, making human interactions with Swift much smoother. To help you gain a better understanding of Swift 3, the authors provide a simple program designed for one of Apple’s Swift Playgrounds.

  • Get a high-level view of Swift 3’s changes and new features, and learn how this version differs from Swift 2
  • Explore the Swift Evolution Process and the full list of accepted proposals—including those not yet implemented
  • Dive into Swift 3’s changes to the language’s syntax, standard library features, and other areas
  • Examine Swift 3’s use on the server, and use a simple program to learn about Swift’s use on Linux
  • Find further resources for learning about, working with, and converting projects to Swift 3

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Paris Buttfield-Addison

Paris Buttfield-Addison

Paris Buttfield-Addison is co-founder of Secret Lab, an indie game and app development studio in Hobart, Australia. He spends his time designing video and board games, and mobile apps, and is also co-author of more than a dozen technical books, mostly for O’Reilly — recently Learning Swift and a book on the Kerbal Space Program video game.

Paris also co-organizes the /dev/world conference, which runs in Melbourne and is Asia-Pacific region’s oldest Apple developer event. Paris formerly worked with Meebo (which was acquired by Google), and has a PhD in Computing, and a degree in Medieval History.

Paris can be found on Twitter @parisba. He still thinks digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

For more info visit Secret Lab or paris.id.au.

Jon Manning

Jon Manning

Jon Manning is co-founder of Secret Lab, and is a software engineering expert in Swift, C#, and Objective-C. Jon builds games and apps at Secret Lab for clients from around the world, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Qantas, and Meebo (acquired by Google). Jon has co-authored more than a dozen technical books, and has a PhD in Computing.

Tim Nugent

Tim Nugent pretends to be a mobile app developer, game designer, PhD student, and now he even pretends to be an author. When he isn't busy avoiding being found out as a fraud, he spends most of his time designing and creating little apps and games he won't let anyone see. Tim spent a disproportionately long time writing this tiny little bio, most of which was spent trying to stick a witty sci-fi reference in, before he simply gave up. Tim can be found as @The_McJones on Twitter.