Apple had announced the Swift Playground in the WWDC year and as expected it has been made available in iOS 10. The whole idea of introducing coding on iPad took a new turn when Apple said that it wanted more youngsters to hop on board the developer wagon. The Swift Playgrounds roots can be traced back to 2014 when it was launched alongside Swift. In fact, Apple’s youngest developer at the WWDC was Anvitha Vijay who is only 9-years old and already has developed two apps.
Swift Playground not only created an intuitive environment for kids to learn to code but also made it easy for adults to learn the essentials. Moreover, the app also allows new learners to start up from scratch and will tutor them about the basics starting from “bugs” to “debugging”. The best part is the fact that unlike other tools the Swift Playground just doesn’t stop at being an educative tool and instead helps users turn their ideas into actual apps, thus further lowering the entry barrier.
Craig Federighi, Apple VP of Software Engineering explains the idea behind the app, “Everyone should have the opportunity to learn coding, and we are excited to bring Swift Playgrounds to the next generation of programmers looking for a fun and easy way to explore key coding concepts using real code” he further added that, “More than 100 schools around the world have already committed to adding Swift Playgrounds to their fall curriculum, and we can’t wait to see what students create with it.”
Swift Playground is centered around teaching the kids by guiding them through a series of challenges and puzzles via three on-screen characters. The immersive graphics is expected to help the users learn core coding concepts including commands, creating functions, performing loops and also making use of conditional code alongside variables. The Swift Playground when supplemented with adequate guidance from the teachers can shape up as a great tool to educate the kids about the coding quintessential all the while making it entertaining.
Swift Playground will be bundled with templates and built-in features that can be modified by users in order to create their own programs and then also share the creations with others. Since the Swift Playground actually runs on Xcode it can always be converted into a full-fledged app.
Swift Playground is available for free on the App Store and is compatible with all iPad Air, iPad Pro. iPad Mini 2, all running iOS 10.