WWDC: Apple highlights Swift Playground, shows teaching possibilities of program

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 12:31
Category: Developer, News, Software, Swift


Ok, this could prove extremely neat.

Among yesterday’s announcements, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted Swift Playgrounds, a free new app for beginners who want to create iOS apps using Swift, Apple’s programming language.

Swift Playgrounds features lessons to help beginners learn coding concepts such as creating functions, issuing commands, loops, and more. Apple will release new challenges, so coders can continue to learn new skills as they progress. Apple says that teachers can use Xcode to create their own content for Swift Playgrounds.

The program features support for the iPad interface as well as has a coding keyboard with a shortcuts bar that allows you to swipe across a key to access Swift-specific characters. Other features include a pop-over keypad for numbers, a color picker, and more. To implement code from the library, you can drag and drop. Users can also drag and drop chunks of code from the library as needed.

While Swift Playgrounds can teach you the basics, it doesn’t actually allow you to build apps within the programs. Still, code created via Swift Playground can be exported into Xcode, where it can be edited into an actual iOS app.

Developers can get Swift Playgrounds as part of the iOS 10 developer preview. Apple will release a public beta in July, and a final version will ship in the fall.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld

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