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Learn Swift by Building Applications

By : Emil Atanasov, Giordano Scalzo, Emil Atanasov
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Learn Swift by Building Applications

By: Emil Atanasov, Giordano Scalzo, Emil Atanasov

Overview of this book

Swift Language is now more powerful than ever; it has introduced new ways to solve old problems and has gone on to become one of the fastest growing popular languages. It is now a de-facto choice for iOS developers and it powers most of the newly released and popular apps. This practical guide will help you to begin your journey with Swift programming through learning how to build iOS apps. You will learn all about basic variables, if clauses, functions, loops, and other core concepts; then structures, classes, and inheritance will be discussed. Next, you’ll dive into developing a weather app that consumes data from the internet and presents information to the user. The final project is more complex, involving creating an Instagram like app that integrates different external libraries. The app also uses CocoaPods as its package dependency manager, to give you a cutting-edge tool to add to your skillset. By the end of the book, you will have learned how to model real-world apps in Swift.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
5
Adding Interactivity to Your First App

To get the most out of this book

You have to know what is a computer and have basic knowledge of how to use a Mac. You have to be curious about how things work. We will start from the basics of the Swift programming language and Xcode. Most of the book is related to iOS, and it would be nice to have an iOS device to see your mobile applications working on a real device.

You need enough time and patience to go through the book and to experiment with the code, which can be found on GitHub.

Download the example code files

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  2. Select the SUPPORT tab.
  3. Click on Code Downloads & Errata.
  4. Enter the name of the book in the Search box and follow the onscreen instructions.

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The code bundle for the book is also hosted on GitHub at https://github.com/PacktPublishing/Learn-Swift-by-Building-Applications. In case there's an update to the code, it will be updated on the existing GitHub repository.

We also have other code bundles from our rich catalog of books and videos available at https://github.com/PacktPublishing/. Check them out!

Download the color images

We also provide a PDF file that has color images of the screenshots/diagrams used in this book. You can download it from http://www.packtpub.com/sites/default/files/downloads/LearnSwiftbyBuildingApplications_ColorImages.pdf.

Conventions used

There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.

CodeInText: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: "This code creates a place in the memory, called text, where we store the text, Hello world!."

A block of code is set as follows:

func generateGreeting(greet:String, thing:String = "world") -> String {
return greet + thing + "!"
}
print(generateGreeting(greet: "Hello "))
print(generateGreeting(greet: "Hello ", thing: " Swift 4"))

When we wish to draw your attention to a particular part of a code block, the relevant lines or items are set in bold:

let number = 5
let divisor = 3
let remainder = number % divisor //remainder is again integer
let quotient = number / divisor // quotient is again integer

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

swift package init --type library

Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see onscreen. For example, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in the text like this. Here is an example: "Also, add an action to the Sign In With Email button."

Warnings or important notes appear like this.
Tips and tricks appear like this.