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What to Think, Ep. 7: How Swift is going to lead to the collapse of civilization

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WWDC completely took over the week … but why? We saw some incremental updates, but no new hardware. The biggest news was a total nerdbomb: a new programming language called Swift, which Jolie contends will destroy the tech economy.

We also dish some heavy dirt on why Snapchat needs a new CEO. Seriously.

Our special guest this week is Java demigod Miko Matsumura.

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6 comments
George Tsifrikas
George Tsifrikas

First Swift is ΝΟΤ some script language for dummies... is a FULL BLOWN programming language which is faster in many cases when compiled from Objective C! Swift it may look easy and may be but to really understand the power of swift, first you must also know Objective c at least fairly well and be and you must be a "good programmer". Swift in many cases has some similar features of obj-c that are harder to grasp and make them do stuff for you (e.x extensions).

P.S Swift is not a replacement of obj-c but complements it 

G D
G D

Objective C is NOT going away. Saying that Objective C will be phased away is equivalent to saying Visual Basic/C++ would get phased away by C#. Quite the opposite. Those languages still receive updates and improvements. I can't wait to try Swift myself but as long as Xcode continues inclusion of C and assembly then I'm all for it.

Eamonn Gormley
Eamonn Gormley

If you can't start a software package at the command line and can only do it from a GUI, you've got no business using a computer. If you can't drive stick, you've got no business driving. If you can't understand Latin, you've got no business learning European languages. If you can't slaughter a cow with your bare hands, you've got no business cooking a burger. *rolls eyes*

Eamonn Gormley
Eamonn Gormley

If you can't start a software package at the command line and can only do it from a GUI, you've got no business using a computer.


If you can't drive stick, you've got no business driving.


If you can't understand Latin, you've got no business learning European languages.


If you can't slaughter a cow with your bare hands, you've got no business cooking a burger.


*rolls eyes*

Chung Yang
Chung Yang

You should watch the WWDC video. I think I heard a collective "sigh" of relief. I think it might have gotten the biggest applause of the night. Actually, syntactically not hugely much difference from Objective C. But now it is a scripting language with many of the most advanced features as in Python/Ruby so you don't have to deal with low level memory management, garbage collection ... etc. Apple managed to make the performance faster than compiled Objective C as they demonstrated. The Xcode IDE environment also went through a dramatic change as you write code in Swift, the interpreted output is displayed instantaneously on the right side panel. Really nifty stuff.

Erich Cervantez
Erich Cervantez

Nice podcast. I wonder what the Apple crowd as a whole thinks of Swift. As a former Flash developer I turned to Java instead of Objective-C thanks to Jobs and his request for "open" systems (like iOS lol). We went through the same sort of transition. Sucks but things change. Deal with it.