For a long time, Objective-C has been the central protagonist, but since last few years, swift is taking it all over and evolving as the most popular brand for iOS app development technology. Though Swift is merely 4 years old language, as per the TIOBE programming community index, it has emerged as a faster-growing programming language. Since the introduction of Swift, Objective-C has seen downfall (from 2014 to 2018), in terms of ranking for programming languages.
The confusion prevails to a great extent when it is to choose between these two dominants of app development arena. Here are 6 reasons why swift proves to be a better choice over Objective-C.
- Swift programming language code is like a native English language and has a clean syntax which reduces the number of lines of code needed to implement a program thereby making it easier to understand than Objective-C
- On a contrary, Objective-C has some complex syntax need to be followed and remembered. it becomes difficult and unfriendly to new programmers
- Instead of two header files [header(.h), implementation (.m)] as required in Objective-C, Swift compels only one (.swift), which reduces maintenance
- Objective-C is time-consuming as it requires manual synchronization of names and comments between files. Wherein Swift offers to invest time in improving the quality of their code, comments, and features
- Swift adds an extra layer of quality control during code development which is not possible with Objective-C. Also, it takes the nil code and generates compiler error when there is falsification in code. Hence, fixing the errors while writing the code is possible with Swift
- The playground feature helps create small programs that instantly shows the results of the written code. It allows developers to write and test the algorithms or any calculation without creating a real-time application
- Swift avails more efficient memory usage with a reduced number of reference type data and SDK classes. Wherein, Objective-C consumes random access memory for object-link. Also, Swift introduced dynamic libraries to iOS that exist outside of the code and are uploaded only when required
- Objective-C offers a stringent set of restrictions in terms of portability and user-friendliness Apple made Swift On the other hand, as an open source platform, Swift allow easy porting and more compatibility
Objective-C and Swift share multiple similar components but Swift holds a whole new set of features, allowing developers to write safer, more reliable code. Though many developers and mobile app development companies are still using Objective-C, app market giants have started adopting Swift.
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About Author: Bhavik Shah
Bhavik is associated with Volansys as a Senior Mobile Engineer in Mobility division. He has 6+ years of experience in the development of distinctive native mobile applications. He possesses a splendid exposure in the design and development of mobile applications with SDLC and agile methodology. He plays a significant role during product life-cycle phases like Requirement Gathering and Specification, Application architecture, Software Designing, Development and Deployment