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It’s About Time! Quality Coding Embraces Swift

You spoke. The world is shifting. It’s time for Quality Coding to go Swift!

Better late than never.

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I want to thank everyone who participated in my 2016 reader survey. Your number one request was clear: “More Swift”.

When Apple first announced Swift, my Twitter feed was filled with folks struggling with the basic tooling. I need to get stuff done, so I waited while the early adopters took the hard knocks. You paved the way. Thank you.

I have yet to work on a team that uses Swift for production code. But I watched Apple’s WWDC 2016 announcements with interest. I’m still playing catch-up on the sessions, but “Swift API Design Guidelines” was noteworthy. An entire session on clean, readable code, and how Swift 3 changes the experience… I’m in! I want that!

So let’s try this. I’m going to start a new version of the Marvel Browser — this time in Swift. I’ll give the Swift version higher priority than the Objective-C version. This will have the following effects:

  • My posting frequency may decrease. I’ve been trying to keep up a weekly cadence this year. Expect bumps in the rhythm.
  • I’ll need your help! My initial attempts at Swift will come from an Objective-C mind. As I write stuff, please don’t hesitate to suggest ways that are more Swifty.

Do you have any tips or suggestions for me as I start? I value your input, so please leave a comment below.

About the Author Jon Reid

Jon is a coach and consultant on iOS Clean Code (Test Driven Development, unit testing, refactoring, design). He's been practicing TDD since 2001. You can learn more about his background, or see what services he can bring to your organization.

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