Once in a while I find it useful to stretch myself in a new direction. Usually this is to scratch an itch for a pet project that I am interested in. I also think this can help break the rut we can all to easily fall into. To that end, I spent my 3 day weekend learning the Swift programming language. I used a Pluralsight course called Swift Fundamentals.
What this page is – and isn’t
This page is a collection of notes that I took while going through the course. My intention is to review what I have learned about Swift when I have the time to write a real app.
This page is not a tutorial or guide. While I hope it contains enough illustrative snippets to be a reference, it will probably not serve as a tool to teach someone who has never programmed before.
Xcode is the best tool to use when learning Swift. It is free to download and use. It has a very useful feature called the Xcode Playground. This is an area where you can type and execute code in iterative steps to try out complex logic or new programming techniques before using them in a larger program. I found this tremendously useful as I went through the course. I am a hands-on learner and I frequently paused the training so I could type out the code in my Playground to make sure I had the syntax down. You can actually take the notes below and paste them into an Xcode playground on your own computer.