Want a developer job? Time to learn Apple’s Swift as demand skyrockets

“Developers who can code in Apple’s Swift programming language have been the most in demand over the past year, according to new figures from Toptal,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet.

“The freelance developer placement firm looked at year-on-year growth in job requests for each language and found that requests for Swift projects rose 600 percent in 2015, roughly triple the rate of many other languages,” Tung reports. “Requests for HTML jobs grew 267 percent, followed by 244 percent growth for C++ requests, and 239 percent growth for CSS.”

“Other studies based on GitHub references have also found Swift displaying unprecedented growth among developers,” Tung reports. “Swift’s ascent should be supported further by Apple’s move in December to open-source the language.”

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  1. Have an interest but don’t have a line of clue where to begin. Some say begin here, others to forget it if you don’t have any coding knowledge. Basically advice is all over the place for someone who wants to start.

  2. In all seriousness, close your eyes, shut out the noise, pick a single preferred avenue for learning Swift, class or self taught, and just do it.

    Coding is insane these days. Once upon a time you could know one or two languages and happily code into middle age. These days stuff is all over the place, web tools, mobile tools, desktop tools, etc. Everything from command line languages to html to html5 to javascript, to java, to C, C++, Objective C, php, ruby, pearl, python and now Swift. Top jobs typically include SQL, and then there are the frameworks, the ruby on rails and such.

    Thing is, there’s no shortcut. Pick a point and wade in. Glassdoor has 7,220 open software engineer jobs right now with base salary around $100k. Software architects in the 130,000 range.


    And, if you fish around, you can find jobs where you can work at home. Which is really nice. You don’t make as much as the in office jobs, but working on your own schedule is worth a great deal. Ask my dog.

    Also when you get older, the real discrimination starts. And it doesn’t help to say “Why I’ve forgotten more about computers than you whippersnappers ever knew!” cause that’s kinda their problem. But if you’re working at home, no one has to see the old dude, so everybody wins!

    I’m starting to get a good feeling about IBM and Apple turning Swift into the go to language for custom app development in business.

    Also, and this is important, if you’ve never formally trained in software engineering, math, and logic, and even if you have, ALGORITHMS is usually the weak spot. People learn to code, but the real strength is problem solving. Classes in algorithms wouldn’t hurt.

    The 3 words that can kill your week or month are “Make this faster.”

    1. “Make this faster”.
      Yep. Good old team competition in college class for that. Who could make a program do the same thing but faster and with less lines of code. This was back in the 80s when ram was still expensive.

  3. Well… Be sure you’re into keeping up with a moving programming language. Swift is NOT exactly finished yet. That’s one reason Apple made it open source. They wants some help. Swift has also NOT been ported for compilation on all platforms as of yet. Even Apple is NOT uniformly coding in Swift yet.

    So take this article with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, this is a great time to get STARTED with Swift. Just don’t expect to be finished learning Swift for some time to come, cause it’s not all there yet.

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