Want to learn Swift? Here, we bring you 10 online developer resources to help you learn Swift 3.
Apple's Swift is described as a new language that "lets everyone build amazing apps." Now, that may be true, but don't expect to dive into Swift coding today and write the next Candy Crush tomorrow. As with any language, spoken or coded, learning it takes both time and effort.
Help is at hand, though, with free and commercial resources covering the language in depth. Whatever your ability, you'll find plenty here to advance your skills.
Swift 3.0.1 is available to download now here.
You can download Swift 3 along with Xcode 8.1 and start learning the new language straight away. You should be careful to check which version of Swift and Xcode your training materials are using.
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Getting started with Apple's Swift development language
The Developer documentation includes sample code, links to reference material and, most useful for anyone switching from another language, videos from the Swift 3.0 update at 2016's Worldwide Developers' Conference.
Apple’s official documentation should always be your first stop when learning anything new about the platform, its apps or the way that either operates under the hood.
Best Swift programming language books
Put your commute to good use by working your way though the Swift Programming Language book from the iBooks Store. There are two versions available, for Swift 2.2 and the Swift 3 beta.
It starts out that the most basic level, with every language course’s traditional ‘Hello, World’ jumping off point, before going on to explain the fundamentals like variables, arrays and conditions.
The opening tour will be enough for programmers with some existing experience elsewhere to familiarise themselves with the language, while the sections that follow go into more depth to give you all the mental tools you need to build your own apps. It’s packed with properly colour-hinted code, the index is comprehensive and the final third is an end to end examination of the language grammar. Combined, they make up a first class ongoing reference tool.
Put your downtime to good use by keeping a copy of the free Swift Programming Language Book on your iPad or iPhone.
Learn Swift on Udemy
The most popular Swift 3 course on web learning site Udemy is the iOS 10 & Swift 3: From Beginner to Paid Professional course by Mark Price. It has a rating of 4.5 stars with more than 26,000 students enrolled, and includes 264 lectures that total 71.5 hours.
There are other courses on Udemy worth checking out too if you're looking to learn Swift:
Learn Apple's Swift programming language quickly
If you need to get started with Swift as quickly as you can, check out lynda.com’s Swift 3 Essential Training: The Basics course.
Since being publishe, it's clocked up close to 9,000 viewers and focuses on the elements of the language that you'll use most often. That means it's concise and to the point, running to just 2 and a half hours.
Lynda.com charges between £12.95 a month and £18.95 per month depending on the level of service you want, and once you’ve paid you can access all of its courses, whatever the subject, alongside this series of Swift lessons. If you’re not sure whether you'd suit this kind of tutoring, try out a free preview account first.
Learn Swift on a budget
If the lynda.com and Udemy courses are too expensive, check out Tutsplus, where you can buy its courses for $9.
If all of this solo study is sending you stir crazy, sign up to a programming podcast. iDeveloper focuses entirely on iOS and OS X (now macOS) development, discussing tools and techniques, and offering tips and advice. If you're serious about making some money from your work, it also concerns itself with the business side of selling your apps.
The content is chatty and engaging, but can get technical at times, so if you find it going above your head, hang in there and assimilate as much as you can - at least you'll be getting familiar with terms and phrases used within the realm of programming.
You can preview individual episodes and read a synopsis of each one at the podcast homepage.
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Learn Swift at iTunes U
Subscribe to the University of Plymouth's Swift programming course through iTunes U and Associate Professor Nick Outram will teach you how to use the language in a series of practical videos that, rather than working through each function in turn, introduce them organically as they arise in the process of building real applications.
The lessons are fairly short and they're rarely presented as formal lectures, which helps to keep them engaging. Supporting written material is provided in the form of ebooks, and you can download the code used in the course from a Github repository linked through the course description on the iTunes Store.