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Derek Conway
Derek Conway
970 Points

Learn iOS using objective C or Swift?

Hi all. I was wondering which one should I try to tackle; Objective C or swift? I have no experience with either so I would appreciate any valuable input on this subject. Thanks in advance

2 Answers

Start with Swift. It's a manageable language (I would hate to say it's "easier" to learn than Obj-C, but I thought it was) and skills transfer nicely to and from languages like Java and JS. Obj-C is, from my experience, needed really only if you plan on becoming a professional iOS developer where you'll have to work with older apps originally written in Obj-C. You'll run into it occasionally outside of that but a bridging header is simple enough to run something like a Cocoapod written in Obj-C. At this point, Swift is still very much evolving so things will change but it's also a dominant enough and vetted enough language that most everything you want to do in Obj-C is available (and answered on SO) in Swift now.

Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 145,854 Points

Personally, I did Objective-C first and then Swift 2.x. Although Swift is the new 'Apple language', most of what is out there (apps and almost all APIs) is still written in Objective-C... even Swift itself is based in Objective-C. In my opinion ... learn the base first and then learn the new 'levels'. But that's just me. :dizzy: