Coding and Swifty

I really enjoyed learning Italian at school, it just seemed to make sense to me.  I enjoyed the decoding and the challenge of getting the pronunciation right.  When my wife and I moved to Brasil a few years ago, the years of learning Italian really helped me during the complete immersion.  During this time I was also bought up a heap of Dummies books on website building, PHP coding and database building.  I had basic HTML knowledge prior to this and I really felt a common connection between my use of Italian to learn Portuguese and my HTML capacity with PHP.  Watching the young people at the school learn languages at ease and become bi & tri-lingual, I remember thinking to myself that all students should learn a language by immersion and that all students should learn a coding language and become fluent.  I still believe this.  I’d be impressed by a CV if the person was fluent in Spanish and Objective C.  For me I trudged through Dummies books and forums to learn but these days there are so many amazing tools, apps, websites and online courses to help someone learn a coding language.

For this particular post I am going to focus on Swifty.  Swift is the new programming language for iOS and OS X.  Xcode is the Apple developed platform for building iOs & Mac apps and has been on learning bucket list for some time.  Every time I start, I get lost and intimidated by the sheer volume of tools and options.  And then in swooped Swifty.  Swifty is an iOS app that works on both iPhone & iPad and it breaks down the language of Swift into small tutorials.  You progress through these short tutorials quickly and with a great deal of quick feedback.  It is hands on and the explanations are clear and concise.  I am working through the 200+ tutorials at the moment and working towards the goal of getting an app (that I have written) into the App store.  I enjoy that I can chip away at coding fluency in bite size steps at any point I have a spare minute.  I am then using this knowledge in Xcode to play around in the Playground and to work on my own (at the moment, very simple) app.  Life long learning all the way!!

http://www.swifty-app.com/

Swifty

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