Those looking to learn some coding techniques can now do so more easily following the launch of Apple’s Swift Playgrounds.
Although the iPad app looks more like a video game at first, it’s actually a series of coding lessons and challenges designed to teach kids the fundamentals of computer science, all based around Apple’s new programming language, Swift3.
Swift 3 is the first major release developed in the open at Swift.org, with source code, a bug tracker, mailing lists, and regular development builds available for everyone.
This broad community of developers, both inside Apple as well as hundreds of outside contributors, work together to make Swift even more amazing.
Swift already supports all Apple platforms as well as Linux, with community members actively working to port to even more platforms.
Explore and code
Swift Playgrounds is a new iPad app that helps you learn and explore coding in Swift. Built-in lessons and challenges teach fundamental coding concepts as you write real Swift code in an interactive environment designed for touch. You can follow through the included lessons, or create playgrounds to explore code at your own pace. And since Swift Playgrounds includes real iOS frameworks such as UIKit, SceneKit, and SpriteKit, and access to the hardware touch gestures, gyroscope, and camera, you can build nearly anything you can imagine.
The app is available right now if you install the new iOS 10 beta on an iPad.
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