On the same day it announced a new programming language
for iOS and OS X apps called Swift -- but ahead of releasing the Xcode 6 IDE needed to actually code in it -- Apple has published a free e-book guide to Swift
on the iBookstore. Similar in nature to the educationally-oriented Scala language, Swift overcomes Scala's Java-based slowness by using C, C++ and Objective-C as its base. The new language provides native speed and the support of existing frameworks, while offering a simplified approach to writing code.
The book provides a tour of the fundamentals of Swift, a reference guide, and explanations of each feature. It's available free of charge, and no Apple Developer membership is required to download and peruse the book. However, in order to put the new language to use, programmers will need a copy of Xcode 6 -- which requires an Apple Developer account.
Apple Design Awards announced
Following Monday's keynote address, Apple has handed out its 2014 Apple Design Awards for the best iOS and OS X apps from the preceding year. This year, 11 apps (nine for iOS, two for OS X) were honored with the award and prizes including most of Apple's hardware offerings. The company said that the winners "raise the bar in design, technology, and innovation."
The iOS winners included Device 6
, Leo's Fortune
, Monument Valley
, Sky Guide
, Teachley: Addimal Adventure
and Yahoo News Digest
. The OS X winners were diary program Day One
and image/video hybrid maker Cinemagraph Pro