Swift was declared as the programming language that will redefine the enterprise app development, as you know it, by Tim Cook, way back in 2015. Programming with Swift, now an open-source language, has definite benefits, which helps accelerate mobile app development and deployment.
Lyft, a popular car transportation app, shifted from Objective-C to Swift to reduce the code size, and make it simpler for the developers. This led to increased productivity and accelerated development.
Another company that shifted to Swift was LinkedIn. They opted to code the Slideshare iOS app with Swift owing to the ease of coding that comes with the new programming language.
Going by the way enterprises are adopting Swift programming language, you can note that Swift is indeed going to be the future of enterprise app development. Let’s have a quick look at the reasons corresponding to this claim.
Ease of coding
You can code the enterprise mobile apps with ease with this programming language as the learning curve is really small. The syntax is simple and the keywords easy to memorize, making it easier for the developer. It is akin to the English language and pretty expressive too.
Accelerated app development
When Swift was used to code Lyft, it reduced the massive code length by one-third. It comes with an in-line code fixing feature as well, which means bug fixing is easy and fast with this programming language. With coding becoming swift and easy, it reduces the launch time for the app thus, accelerating enterprise app development. The swiftness is a major reason why this language is being chosen by the majority of the enterprises.
Swift is open-source in nature and was initially introduced for Apple platforms. The increased flexibility of this programming language has allowed it to be used for Linux platforms. Gradually, the developer community will open the platform for Android as well, opening a world full of opportunities for the enterprises.
Owing to the improved algorithm that comes with Swift, you will observe the better performance of the apps. The apps developed on Swift are efficient and crash less as compared to those developed using Objective-C. This will act as a plus point for enterprise apps.
According to the statistics released by Citrix, 64% of the employees cite poor experience as a reason for not using enterprise apps. If your app takes a lot of time to load, then that might add to the poor experience, and result in app abandonment.
Swift has corrected this issue with the use of dynamic libraries, which in turn reduce the app size, and improve the loading time.
This is a feature of Swift that cannot be ignored. Instead of compiling large chunks of code, you can test while you are developing the app in an agile format. So testing is done at the time of development, reducing the time to develop.
In the case of an enterprise app, you need the first-mover advantage to stay ahead of the competition. Swift allows you to bring your apps quickly to the market with its ease of coding, interactive playgrounds, and open-source nature.