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Swift is going to bootcamp in the Big Apple.
Apple unveiled Swift at the World Wide Developers Conference 2014 two weeks ago in San Francisco as a possible replacement for Objective-C. The unveiling drew shock and awe among the 6,000 developers and press seated inside Moscone Center West.
Turntotech, a New York City-based software development outfit, saw an opportunity and launched free classes which began Wednesday to keep up with interest from developers. The event attracted nearly 1,000, but with seating for 150, many were turned away.
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Now, Swift is getting its own bootcamp. Turntotech is launching the camp next Wednesday. Because programmers are coming out in droves, the bootcamp is a logical way to keep up with the insane interest, said Turntotech’s marketing director Sean Moskowitz.
“The response has been unbelievable,” Moskowitz said.
Initially, Turntotech planned to offer its introductory Swift programming classes only until June 23. That date has since been pushed back, and a bootcamp format is now in its stead to keep up with the interest, Moskowitz said.
“We got tons of interest in our iOS swift bootcamp,” Moskowitz said. “More applications in a day than we typically get in a month.”
The eager to please Moskowitz said Turntotech is the first and only tech operator to offer a Swift bootcamp.
Moskowitz crowed about the diversity of the attendees Wednesday.
“Lots of diversity,” he said. “Men, women, [people of different] ethnicities.”
In fact, Turntotech is so smitten with Swift that it’s now developing apps in the language. Moskowitz said while the first class was way oversubscribed, many of Turntotech’s direct competitors in the app space showed up to Wednesday’s class and then hung around afterwards to talk shop.
Swift, it seems, is bringing people together.
If you’re interested in getting a seat, sign up through Turntotech’s website.
Apple did not return calls for comment, yet Swift is thought to be a long-term replacement for Objective-C.
Developer Sam Soffes told VentureBeat recently that he loved Swift and called the release a bold move by the Cupertino-based kingpins.
“Throwing out everything and learning something new is a tough thing to do. Objective-C is many developers’ livelihoods. Messing with the tools we’ve been using for years to get our job done is hard to hear at first,” Soffes said.
But change is good, even for developers who spend years honing their skills on a single language.
“Apple does a great job making a case that the new tools are the way to go.”