In another important step to popularize your programming language Swift (already one of the most used in the world), Apple today announced an extension of the “Everybody Can Program” initiative (“Everyone Can Code”) with a new one-year academic course available for free at the iBooks Store.
The course App Development with Swift was designed by Apple engineers and educators to “teach students elements of app design with Swift”. Students will learn to program and design fully functional apps, says Apple, acquiring skills in software development and information technology.
In addition to publishing the course on the iBooks Store, Apple has already partnered with six community colleges in the United States Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College and San Mateo Community College District which we will give the opportunity for more than 500 thousand students to have contact with him at first hand.
“We saw closely the impact that programming has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software development are among the fastest growing work sectors in America and we are happy to provide educators and students with the tools to learn to program, ”said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. “Community colleges have a critical role in helping students achieve their dreams, and we hope that these courses will open doors for people of all ages and backgrounds to go after what they love.”
Apple also mentions in the press release that popular apps like Airbnb, KAYAK, TripAdvisor, Venmo and Yelp are all written in Swift. Its Swift Playgrounds tool for iPad has already registered more than 1 million downloads and more than 430 thousand materials from the program “Everybody Can Program” have been downloaded to date.