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Swift Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide by John Gallagher, Matthew Mathias

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Introduction

Learning Swift

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is an annual landmark event for its developer community. It is a big deal every year, but 2014 was particularly special because Apple introduced Swift, an entirely new language for the development of iOS and OS X (now called macOS) applications.

As a relatively new language, Swift represents a fairly dramatic shift for macOS and iOS developers. More experienced iOS developers have something new to learn, and new developers cannot rely on a venerable community for tried and true answers and patterns. Naturally, this shift creates some uncertainty.

But this is also an exciting time to be a macOS and iOS developer. There is a lot to learn in a new language, and ...

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