Swift as Open Source Language

“Have you ever heard about the evolution of language Have you ever wondered how does the language get adopted world wide.”

Let us confront that we at AppsWise love the open source community, After staying confined for long time with objective C, iOS & OS X development, apple’s decision about making the latest programming language swift as open source filled us with the joy and excitement. This is first time ever that apple has made any of its proprietary language open source. It is needless to say that swift has been widely accepted and loved by many of the programmer’s since the day it was introduced, we think it was mainly because the Objective C was not that easy to get adapted by new developer’s, hence Objective C scored last on the comparison list of most popular technology whereas Swift stands out at #1 with flying color in Most Loved Dreaded and wanted programming language. Let us see what makes swift #1 in most loved, dreaded and wanted programming language and how the business owners and SMEs can benefit from swift.

1 – Swift is easy to adapt

Swift language and its java script like syntax is easier then most of the programming language and since the swift complier is open source now swift program can run on windows and Linux platform as well , which means more and more developer’s would tend to learn it and the learning curve is smoother then the objective C, which means there won’t be shortage of skilled developer’s and the application developed in swift. There is high probability of finding an iOS developer or pre – build application for your business at less cost and better ROI.

2 – It is backward compatible

For the businesses which already have applications or API’s developed with earlier version of apple framework it is much easier to migrate to swift for the reason that it is fully backward compatible. The old Objective C code and even api’s can be easily used within the swift code. The code written in Objective C are compatible with Swift and vice versa. Which means you need not to re-invent the wheel to keep it rolling. It is much simple and easy to accelerate the business growth with the application built in swift.

3 – It is future proof –

Swift is future proof and we can say that confidently since apple has made the swift language open source, which in turn means there would be developer’s from across the globe who will keep innovating and improving the swift language for the reason it is most wanted dreaded language, and the developer community including us love it most.

It is highly unlikely that it will get out dated and left alone. So if your application are developed in swift or you are planning to migrate to swift your future is secure and safe.

4 – It has better ROI –

Swift has better Return Of Investment (R.O.I) among most of the programming languages because it is a language of apple which is open source now which means you might find the swift language running on server as well or in client side web applications which also means you can reach out to your every potential customer’s pocket (iPhone) wrist (apple watch) home (apple TV) and even the car (car kit) along with windows and Linux devices as well. More customers mean more revenue and more profit which means better return of investment with every application.

5 – Highly maintainable and Robust-

With wide customer base and lot of skilled developers Swift is highly maintainable and robust means if your iOS developer leaves even without any knowledge transfer it is easy to find another developer who can understand and take over the job to maintain the application. Which was not so easy and smooth with the old Objective C language.

With our expertise in device specific development we can help you to chose right mix of technology and tools for the trade. We would be glad to assist with any queries you should have on the subject.


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  1. Hello,

    I like your views on swift, however is it really worth to go for native app development or should we use something like Phonegap, IONIC which are build once and deploy anywhere?

    • Hello Arun,

      Glad that you like it. To answer your question in details we have a post coming up soon, stay tuned for it, however a quick thing about native vs hybrid development – It is a tradeoff between time quality and budget. If you need a quick prototype with faster go to market strategy it is advisable to go with hybrid, however if you like to have state of the art advanced feature rich app driving your business needs you should opt for native development for sure.


  2. Swift 4 builds on the strengths of Swift 3, delivering greater robustness and stability, providing source code compatibility with Swift 3, making improvements to the standard library, and adding features like smart key paths and serialization, all while shortening build times and reducing the size of app binaries.

  3. But it also means developers have come to expect that fundamental coding tools will run everywhere, that these tools must be open source too, that they can be reshaped and reused in any environment.

    • Yes If you include the compiler or the interpreter as coding tool that must be open sourced and cross platform, however if it is just the IDE I think that is not a necessity, I mean simple text editors can do the job.

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