Tag Archive for ‘Swift Playgrounds’

Swift Playgrounds Expands Coding Education to New Devices ➝

From Apple’s press release:

Apple is working with leading device makers to make it easy to connect to Bluetooth-enabled robots within the Swift Playgrounds app, allowing kids to program and control popular devices, including LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, the Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones and more. The Swift Playgrounds 1.5 update will be available as a free download on the App Store beginning Monday, June 5.

Getting all the announcements that they couldn’t fit into the keynote out of the way.

‘Playgrounds Is Genuinely a Full Swift Interpreter Built Into an iPad App’ ➝

A great piece by Fraser Speirs regarding Apple’s newly announced Swift Playgrounds app and whether the language is good for learning to program.

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds App ➝

Apple:

Swift Playgrounds brings coding to life with an interactive interface that encourages students and beginners to explore working with Swift, the easy-to-learn programming language from Apple used by professional developers to create world-class apps. Swift Playgrounds includes Apple-developed programming lessons where students write code to guide onscreen characters through an immersive graphical world, solving puzzles and mastering challenges as they learn core coding concepts.

Learning a programming language has been something I’ve put off for many years. When Apple announced Swift, I felt like it could be the right language for me. I guess I’ll know for sure when I get my hands on this app in a few months.

I think this is also a clear sign that Apple is building more robust developer tools for iOS. My guess is we’ll see a full-fledged Xcode for iPad within the next two years.