Swift is a new programming language developed at Apple and developers are hypnotized by it.
Until not long ago, Objective-C was used to write apps for iPhone. Now Swift can be used as well. The programming language was launched in June last year, together with iOS 8. Already Swift makes its way to the top twenty programming languages.
The reason the iPhone maker developed Swift was to make the process of elaborating an app for iOS an easier one. A lot of secrecy was involved when Apple was creating the programming language. The objective is that Swift should substitute Objective-C which can be challenging to use. For a beginner developer Swift can be understood a lot faster and easier. In conclusion it is much easier for newcomers to write apps for the iPhone.
Since the moment it arrived on the scene of similar products and innovations, Swift has made important progress. RedMonk, a renowned research company that classifies programming languages on the popularity criteria ranked Swift as the 68th most popular language in the middle of last year. At the beginning of January 2015 RedMonk saw an atypical jump of 46 places, up to the 22nd most popular language. This leap baffles some because it is so recent, so fresh.
RedMonk said that “The growth that Swift experienced is essentially unprecedented in the history of these rankings.” According to the current pace, is not going to be a peculiar moment when Swift will enter top twenty languages, a ranking that can happen in the third quarter of this year.
If a comparison is made between Apple’s new programming language and a similar one from Google, the concepts of regular and extraordinary appear. A programming language launched by Google named Go in 2009 spent more than five years before it was accepted and its popularity grew in the market, reaching top 20 in RedMonks’s rankings.
Objective-C, although a much harder programming language, it’s ranked as the 10th most popular in the top. And the most used to write iPhone apps.
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