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Advanced Swift is quite a bold title for a book, so perhaps we should start with what we mean by it.
To someone coming from another language, Swift can resemble everything you like about your language of choice. Low-level bit twiddling can look very similar to (and can be as performant as) C, but without many of the undefined behavior gotchas. The lightweight trailing closure syntax of map or filter will be familiar to Rubyists. Swift generics are similar to C++ templates, but with type constraints to ensure generic functions are correct at the time of definition rather than at the time of use. The flexibility of higher-order functions and operator overloading means you can write code that’s similar in style to Haskell or F#. And the @objc and dynamic keywords allow you to use selectors and runtime dynamism in ways you would in Objective-C.
Given these resemblances, it’s tempting to adopt the idioms of other languages. Case in point: Objective-C example projects can almost be mechanically ported to Swift. The same is true for Java or C# design patterns. And monad tutorials appeared to be everyone’s favorite blog post topic in the first few months after Swift’s introduction.
Swift is a complex language — most programming languages are. But it hides that complexity well. You can get up and running developing apps in Swift without needing to know about generics or overloading or the difference between static and dynamic dispatch. You may never need to call into a C library or write your own collection type, but after a while, we think you’ll find it necessary to know about these things — either to improve your code’s performance, to make it more elegant or expressive, or just to get certain things done.
Learning more about these features is what this book is about. We intend to answer many of the “How do I do this?” or “Why does Swift behave like that?” questions we’ve seen come up on various forums. Hopefully, once you’ve read our book, you’ll have gone from being aware of the basics of the language to knowing about many advanced features and having a much better understanding of how Swift works. Being familiar with the material presented is probably necessary, if not sufficient, for calling yourself an advanced Swift programmer.
Join us starting Tuesday March 19th at 8:30pm and every Tuesday thereafter.
To prepare for the first session:
1) Purchase the book: https://www.objc.io/books/advanced-swift/
2) Show up on Google Hangouts at 8:30PM
Book Club will be every Tuesday at 8:30PM.
Attend Book Club:
Discussions between sessions occur on the Book Club Slack channel. Get access via:
• If you have questions, contact me on Slack (@roostrr)