Why Apple Swift is Preferred over Objective C for Enterprise App Development?

October 26, 2015 Published by:

Apple Swift vs Objective C for Enterprise App Development

Enterprise app development is the future of mobile. But, what is the future of programming language used to develop enterprise mobile apps? If you have not spent some time on knowing Swift, then you need to. In the coming times, swift is going to replace Objective C that has been commanding its position across the different Apple devices. Swift will soon become the de-facto language for Apple devices.

So, why is Swift gearing ahead of Objective C? Let’s have a look.

Easy to Read and Interpret

Objective C is built on the C language, and uses all the keywords, syntax and types that you can find on C. Swift ignores all the conventional keywords and syntax. You won’t need the in syntax parenthesis to complete the if-else statements. You can even ignore the semicolons that used to end the syntax in C. The numerous @symbols has been removed from Swift language. The method calls do not need to be nested in Swift language. In Swift, you will be using the industry standard comma to separate or end the syntax. This is similar to English language.

Easy to Maintain

Until and unless C language evolves, Objective C cannot evolve. This holds back the language in many ways. Two separate code files are to be maintained if you want to improve build, time and efficiency of app creation in Objective C. This is where Swift seems to be better. Swift does not need you to use two different code files. Using XCode and LLVM compilers are used to reduce the dependencies and perform the incremental builds, so all the repetitive content of removing the table from the content is not needed in Swift. A single code file is used and combines the header file as well as implementation files.

A Safe Platform

Objective C is unable to handle the uninitiated pointers. It becomes a no-op code for Objective C. While this is good because your code does not crash, it also provides room for a good amount of errors. This means there is an unpredictable behavior in the whole situation.

On the other hand, Swift handles these details better. It takes the nil code, and generates compiler error when you write a bad code. You will have a short feedback loop in case you want to use it intentionally in your coding. With Swift, you can compile, and fix the errors while writing the code, which is not possible with Objective C. Basically, when it comes to bug testing, Swift works better and faster compared to Objective C.

Less Coding Needed

If you want to write repetitive statements or cause string manipulation, you will require less coding efforts in Swift.When you are working on Objective C, and need to combine two strings, you will need to write a lengthy code. Swift is filled with modern code writing practices, and to join two strings you will simply need to add a ‘+’ sign. But, that is not the case with Objective C. In fact, Swift uses the type system, which reduces the code complexity.

Of course, Swift is faster and efficient compared to Objective C, when it comes to code generation.

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