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This second edition to the best-selling Swift introduction has been updated to the very latest public Swift 5.3 release. Working your way through this book is a great way to learn the language of the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

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A Swift Kickstart, Second Edition
September 10, 2020

On this day back in 1846, Elias Howe patented the sewing machine. The breakthough came to him in a dream involving headhunters (not the HR kind) with spears that had large holes at the tips—a very model of the sewing machine needle (see Pragmatic Thinking & Learning for the whole story). Then on this day in 2008, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN powered up. Things got pretty weird after that.

But here we are in 2020, the year of pandemic and murder hornets, of wildfires and virtual meetings. But life goes on, as it must. Apple moved to Swift, and you need to keep up. Level up to the latest Swift 5.3 release today! If you already bought the first edition of this book, you will receive the updated version for free.

And please keep that in mind: we've got your back. As development gets harder and harder, we're doing what we can to make sure you're covered.

Come get your copy of A Swift Kickstart, Second Edition today. Now available at pragprog.com/titles.

A Swift Kickstart, Second Edition: Introducing the Swift Programming Language

It's never been easier to get started with Swift as you work along using either Swift Playgrounds or Xcode playgrounds. This means you can code along on a Mac or an iPad.

The book begins with an introduction to basic components of programming in Swift: functions, variables and constants, collections, and types from the Swift Standard Library.

In the second part, we create and use our own enumerations, structs, classes, and protocols. You’ll learn how to take advantage of value types and learn the Swifty way to craft your code.

The third part introduces you to error handling, and digs deeper into functions in Swift, generics, and higher-order functions.

Before you know it you’ll find yourself fluent in the language used to write to Apple platforms and beyond.

Now available from pragprog.com/titles.

This work was written and produced entirely by the author. We are proud to be distributing it.

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