Recently there has been a debate about choosing the language for iOS mobile applications. Developers find themselves battling to choose between Objective-C and Swift as both the languages are fiercest competitors today.
When Swift emerged on the scene as a competitor for Objective-C the entire community was surprised and left in a state of confusion. AS the developers debate over its future implications, many are of the view that Swift is better as compared to Objective-C.
In the following points we will try to shed a light on the significant advantages that Swift has to offer and why it is catching up as a preferred language among many accomplished developers in the fraternity.
Developer argue that Swift is a more compact language as compared to Objective-C. It is easy to read due to fact that it has less codes. Although, this is not directly proportional to the simplicity of the language, it is considered to bring more benefits whilst being reusable to a great extent. Typically Swift can help reduce lines of code to a great extent, it can reduce 75000 lines to a mere 25000 lines without sacrificing the performance.
Objective-C contains C API legacy which makes it slower while Swift is considered to have the fastest algorithm in terms of performance approaching C++ in that regard. Although Swift 1.2 was found to be a little slower that the competitor, Apple is making efforts to improve the speed with pretty successful results recently. Swift 2.0 was able to beat C++ when tested for many computing algorithms.
Various mistakes which are possibly shown in Objective-C can be overcome using Swift with its unique syntax and simplified language constructions. This reduces the number of crashes and diminishes cases pertaining unexpected behavior. It makes the job easier for the developer providing a quality control mechanism in case bad code is written.
Swift Playgrounds has given the developers a whole new platform of opportunities. The developers can test code without having bulky pieces or a whole app. It provides opportunity to check and correct the errors along the way by providing visualization data and is applicable to code experiments and custom views.
It doesn’t get any bigger than the fact that the biggest IT giants IBM and Apple collaborate their efforts and move ahead to invest in Swift. When Swift went towards the open source platform it caught IBM’s attention in a massive way. Efforts are being made in the direction to develop framework with Objective-C only to be made compatible with Swift later.
Moving on from Apple platforms alone Swift is expanding on Linux making it the most portable platform which Objective-C is far from being. Initiatives are in progress to bring Swift in Android development as well and is one of the most promising future plans. Apart from so many advantages, it is possible to use Swift as a script language. While the developers community is in a split at the moment it is believed Swift language is the future for app development.