Should You Learn Swift and Objective-C?

If you want to develop applications for iOS devices, then you need to learn Swift. But, what about Objective-C? Didn’t Swift replace that? Well, kinda. But, not really. Objective-C may be older than Swift but that doesn’t mean it just magically disappeared when Swift came onto the scene. The truth is, you’re probably better off as an iOS developer if you learn both Swift and Objective-C. Why? So you can program with the new while understanding the old.

Benefits of Learning Objective-C as Well as Swift

Benefits of Learning Objective-C as Well as Swift

No matter if you’re a beginning coder or more advanced, here are some benefits of learning Objective-C as well as Swift (instead of just Swift):

  • You become more valuable as a developer
  • You can better understand why Swift was created
  • You’re able to work on older iOS applications
  • You can move Objective-C projects to Swift
  • You can learn either language first (Swift may be easier)

How to Stay Up-to-Date with Swift

How to Stay Up-to-Date with Swift

You can learn more about Swift from Apple if this is your first time researching the language. For up-to-date information about releases and bug fixes, you can go directly to the Swift blog. Once you jump into learning the programming language, you’ll be able to research Swift syntax, features, weaknesses, and strengths on Stack Overflow. Need more structure? Check out Devmountain’s 13-week Full-Time iOS Development course.

Ways to Improve Your Objective-C Knowledge

Ways to Improve Your Objective-C Knowledge

Once again, if you’re just getting started with Objective-C, Apple has answers in their documentation archive. You can definitely fall down several rabbit holes as you look through the documentation, but it’s a good place to start as far as theory goes. For a more practical place to improve your Objective-C knowledge, check out our iOS program video.

Ready to Learn? Grab Devmountain’s iOS Development Course Outline

If you’re ready to learn Swift and Objective-C, check out Devmountain’s 13-week Full-Time iOS Development course. You can request a course guide below, which is a great place to learn more about the program, what to expect in a coding bootcamp, and how to proceed with your application. You can also check out upcoming courses to see which dates work for you.

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