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Mastering Swift 5.3 - Sixth Edition

By : Jon Hoffman
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Mastering Swift 5.3 - Sixth Edition

By: Jon Hoffman

Overview of this book

Over the years, Mastering Swift has proven itself among developers as a popular choice for an in-depth and practical guide to the Swift programming language. This sixth edition comes with the latest features, an overall revision to align with Swift 5.3, and two new chapters on building swift from source and advanced operators. From the basics of the language to popular features such as concurrency, generics, and memory management, this in-depth guide will help you develop your expertise and mastery of the language. As you progress, you will gain practical insights into some of the most sophisticated elements in Swift development, including protocol extensions, error handling, and closures. The book will also show you how to use and apply them in your own projects. In later chapters, you will understand how to use the power of protocol-oriented programming to write flexible and easier-to-manage code in Swift. Finally, you will learn how to add the copy-on-write feature to your custom value types, along with understanding how to avoid memory management issues caused by strong reference cycles. By the end of this Swift book, you will have mastered the Swift 5.3 language and developed the skills you need to effectively use its features to build robust applications.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
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Index

Taking the First Steps with Swift

Ever since I was 12 years old and wrote my first program in BASIC, I have been passionate about programming. Even as I became a professional programmer, programming remained more of a passion than a job, but in the years preceding the first release of Swift, that passion had waned. I was unsure why I was losing that passion. I attempted to recapture it with some of my side projects, but nothing really brought back the excitement that I used to have. Then, something amazing happened: Apple announced Swift in 2014. Swift is such an exciting and progressive language that it has brought a lot of that passion back for me and made programming fun again. With official versions of Swift available for the Linux and Windows platforms and an unofficial version for the ARM platform, developing with Swift is becoming available to people outside the Apple ecosystem. There are also some very exciting projects using Swift, such as TensorFlow for machine learning and CoreML for IBM Watson. This is an exciting time to be learning the Swift language.

In this chapter, you will learn about the following topics:

  • What is Swift?
  • What are some of the features of Swift?
  • What are playgrounds?
  • How to use playgrounds
  • What are the basic syntaxes of the Swift language?