If you are not yet aware of this, Apple has introduced a new programming language called Swift in this year’s WWDC, alongside the new Mac OS X Yosemite. Swift aims to simplify the codes used in Apple platforms iOS and OS X. Despite the new name, Swift is compatible with the roots of predecessors like C, Objective-C and Cocoa Touch framework.
If you have been programming with Objective-C, learning Swift would be a breeze as it has inherited a number of syntax that you may already have been familiar with. And if learning Swift is in your to-do list but you haven’t started, here are a few free sources that is going to make things a lot easier for you.
The article lists 15 interesting resources that helps to learn Swift programming language. It’s targeted for beginners as well as experienced developers.
Some of the mentioned sources are:
- An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Swift
- Many developers have also put their hands on Swift and shared their findings on their blogs. TeamTreeHouse in their post, An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Swift, summarized the essentials for beginners; what Swift is, the prerequisite tools, and a basic run-through of the Swift syntax.
- Introduction To Swift For Non-Programmers
- Swift is designed to be as easy to understand as possible so that non-programmers or entry-level users will be able to pick it up quickly. This free course from Udemy, titled Introduction to Swift for Non-Programmers, consists of 8 videos that will walk you through the fundamentals even without prior programming experience.
- SoSoSwift is a collection of sources on where to learn Swift. Here you can find videos, articles, tutorials, code examples, and libraries to build Apps for iOS and OS X, with Swift. Do you have suggestions of sources or tutorials to be included in the collection? You can send a request or submit the link to the site to have it listed.
- Build Your First App With Swift
- Now that you have run through the basics, let’s start building your first app. What about creating a game? This eBook, Learn Swift Build Your First iOS Game, will teach you the steps required to build a game named Swiftris, which mimics the popular classic game, Tetris. The book is available via email subscription.
- SwiftLang is another good place to dive into Swift. SwiftLift has put a pile of references from various sources together. SwiftLang also has a forum where we can ask for help or help others with regards to Swift programming.
- Building A Simple OS X Application With Swift
- In this 10 minute video screencast, Jeannot Muller shows you how easy it is to use Swift. The App created is very simple, as it comprises of only input fields and a button.
- Creating A To-Do List App Using Swift
- There are plenty of to-do list apps in the App Store. Many of them bring a set of great features with a nice user interface design. But, if you feel like creating your own to-do list App, here is a video screencast to get you started.
- Developing IOS 8 Apps With Swift – Part 1 and Part 2
- With iOS8 on its way, you’ll want to get yourself ready to build that app. Jameson Quave in his posts series – Part 1 and Part 2 – will teach you how to use Swift to build an App for iOS 8.