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Apple Swift programming language

  1. Jun 3, 2014 #1
    I used to program in Microsoft Quickbasic before MS abandoned it. I wasn't too advanced - my best program was a variant on Minesweeper. That was ages ago, but I'd like to get back into programing.

    Now Apple has this Swift programing language. Is swift a good choice for me?
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  3. Jun 3, 2014 #2


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    Way to fresh if you ask me. Keep to something well established - Java or Python.
  4. Jun 3, 2014 #3


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    It may be fresh, but I think you'll have a lot more fun with it than Java or Python. I've been reading the docs on it recently and it looks pretty good to me.
  5. Jun 3, 2014 #4


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    Before you spend much time on Swift, ask yourself two questions:

    1. Is it proprietary to Apple?
    2. Will it work on non-Apple hardware?

    Then estimate its lifespan before Apple stops supporting it, or changes it to something incompatible. (I would bet on somewhere between 6 months and 3 years maximum, given their track record.)
  6. Jun 3, 2014 #5
    I also tried programing in Flash, but couldn't get anywhere with it. It was really opaque and I couldn't figure out why the program wouldn't do anything.
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