“Ask the average Apple fan to make a list of the important moves the company has made in the past year or so, and the list will probably start with the Apple Watch before ticking off the huge sales of bigger iPhones and the $3 billion deal for Beats Electronics,” Joshua Brustein reports for Bloomberg. “A particularly news-savvy fan might even cite rumors about an Apple car. Put the same question to an Apple developer, and the list of milestones will almost certainly include something that has flown under the radar of most devoted Apple users: Swift, a new computer language introduced by the company a year ago.”

“Many of those attending this year’s WWDC, which starts on June 8, have spent the past year learning how to write apps using Swift,” Brustein reports. “Red Monk, a firm that has been doing regular rankings of programming languages for the last five years, describes the language’s growth as “essentially unprecedented.” Just seven months after its inception, Swift had become the 22nd most popular language out of the hundreds of major languages that exist. ”

“Universities and informal educational outfits have jumped to fill demand to learn Swift. Ray Wenderlich, a developer who runs a popular website for programming tutorials, said he immediately shifted his focus almost entirely to the new language,” Brustein reports. “‘The response was crazy for Swift,’ he says. ‘That’s all the people want.'”

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MacDailyNews Note: The Swift Programming Language, a free 500-page manual from Apple, is available via iBooks Store here.

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