Swift for the Really Impatient

Swift for the Really Impatient

by Matt Henderson, Dave Wood

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ISBN-13: 9780133960242
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 12/12/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Matt Henderson has been developing for Apple’s platforms since 2009 and is currently a Cocoa engineer at MartianCraft. He’s given several presentations at various user groups and conferences, including 360iDev, Cocoaheads Denver, and Boulder iOS Meetup. He realized he might have a future in software when he discovered it was easier for him to program his graphing calculator to solve equations than it was to study for his math tests. He thinks that the best debugging technique is taking a walk outside in the sun or snow.

Dave Wood has been developing for iOS since 2008 and OS X since 2009. He began writing code at age 9 on a TI/99/4A and instantly fell in love. He has worked on various types of projects, including systems that interface with stock exchanges, news outlets, and banking systems, as well as newspaper websites and, of course, mobile apps ranging from games, social networks, financial apps, and productivity and developer apps. When possible, he enjoys whitewater kayaking and scuba diving. Currently he runs his own development studio, Cerebral Gardens, and freelances as a Cocoa engineer for MartianCraft.

Table of Contents

Foreword     xi
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
About the Authors      xvi
Chapter 1: Introducing Swift     1
1.1 Basic Syntax     2
1.1.1 Variables and Constants     2
1.1.2 String Interpolation     5
1.1.3 Control Flow     6
1.2 Basic Data Types     10
1.2.1 Int     10
1.2.2 Double and Float     12
1.2.3 Bool     13
1.2.4 Strings     14
1.2.5 Arrays     15
1.2.6 Dictionaries     19
Exercises     20
Chapter 2: Diving Deeper into Swift’s Syntax     21
2.1 Optionals     22
2.2 Generics     25
2.3 Type Annotations and Type Inference     28
2.4 Functions and Closures     29
2.4.1 Global Functions     30
2.4.2 Nested Functions     30
2.4.3 Closure Expressions     31
2.5 Tuples     32
2.6 switch Statements and Pattern Matching     34
Exercises     37
Chapter 3: Objects and Classes     39
3.1 Enumerations     41
3.2 Classes     45
3.3 Structures     49
3.4 Subclassing     51
3.5 Overloading     52
3.6 Overriding     54
3.7 Initialization     55
3.8 Properties     57
3.8.1 Computed Properties     59
3.8.2 Property Observers     60
3.8.3 lazy Properties     62
3.9 Subscripting     63
3.10 Protocols     65
3.11 Extensions     67
3.12 Access Control     68
Exercises     73
Chapter 4: Optionals     75
4.1 Optionals and nil     76
4.2 Validity Checking, Optional Binding, and Forced Unwrapping     78
4.3 Optional Chaining     81
4.4 Implicitly Unwrapped Optionals     86
Exercises     88
Chapter 5: Generics     91
5.1 Why Generics?      92
5.2 Generic Functions     92
5.2.1 Type Parameters     93
5.2.2 Using More Than One Type Parameter     94
5.3 Generic Types     94
5.3.1 Associated Types     98
5.3.2 The where Clause     100
Exercises     101
Chapter 6: Functions and Closures     103
6.1 Functions     104
6.1.1 Parameters     104
6.1.2 External Parameter Names     105
6.1.3 Default Parameter Values     107
6.1.4 Variadic and inout Parameters     108
6.1.5 Return Types     110
6.2 Closures     112
6.2.1 Inferring Parameters and the Return Value     113
6.2.2 Trailing Closures     113
6.3 Functional Programming Patterns     114
Exercises     117
Chapter 7: Working with Objective-C     119
7.1 Interacting with C and Objective-C APIs     120
7.1.1 Optional Properties and Return Values     122
7.1.2 AnyObject Types     123
7.1.3 Subclassing, Extensions, and Protocols     124
7.1.4 Automatically Converted Types     126
7.1.5 Selectors and Enums     128
7.1.6 Working with C Code     129
7.2 Working with Swift and Objective-C in a Single Project     130
Exercises     133
Chapter 8: Common Patterns     135
8.1 Nested Types     136
8.2 Singletons     137
8.3 Using Grand Central Dispatch     139
8.3.1 dispatch_once     139
8.3.2 dispatch_async     139
8.3.3 dispatch_after     140
8.3.4 dispatch_apply     140
8.4 Sequences and Generators     141
8.5 Operators     145
8.5.1 Operator Overloading     146
8.5.2 Custom Operators     147
Exercises     148
Index     149

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