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Learning a bit about... Swift


I've been spending my Saturdays doing tutorials on languages I'm curious about. This week it's Swift.

What I knew about the language before I started

  • It's used for iOS apps
  • Functions are written with 'func'

What I did

Codeacademy's course

I tried some interesting-looking tutorials, but it turns out they're about using the UI. Which you need a Mac for and I don't have one.

What I thought about the language

It's very similar to Python, from what I remember of it. But then that's because every language has similarities with every other language.

Mostly I was bored because the course was designed for people who had never programmed before. After a while I realised there were cheatsheets, so I just read those. But it was all just about how to do conditions and loops and arrays and things, which is useful to know, but not all that exciting.

I would have liked to have done something with the UI, which I feel like I would have found more exciting. I suppose I could still have watched a tutorial on it, but I find those dull if I can't follow along with it.

What's next?

Perl. Which definitely works on Linux, I've checked.

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