Apple Announces New Swift Coding Initiative for Nearly 500,000 Students in City of Chicago

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    Apple on Tuesday announced it is working to bring coding opportunities to almost half a million students in the city of Chicago, through an expansion of the company's Everyone Can Code program.

    The Swift-centered coding initiative has been designed in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, local businesses and non-profit organizations.

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    Starting in the spring, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago will expand their Everyone Can Code curriculum and materials, while City Colleges of Chicago will offer the the App Development with Swift curriculum for the first time, helping students build skills around coding and app development.

    Chicago Public Schools will also offer new Swift Coding Clubs, according to Apple, bringing coding education to after-school programs. The clubs aim to guide students through key coding concepts, introduce them to Swift and walk them through an app design and prototyping project.

    Several businesses operating in the area will also be making volunteer opportunities available for their Chicago-based employees to help support students. Companies include GE Transportation, IBM, Jellyvision, Lextech, McDonald's, Rush University Medical Center, Ulta Beauty, and United Airlines.

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    Over the last two years, Apple has promoted its Swift programming language as ideal for anyone who is keen to code but has no previous computing experience. In 2016, it released Swift Playgrounds, an app aimed at teaching both children and adults how to code through simple interactive coding exercises, which is meant to make learning to code "easy and fun" for everyone.

    Article Link: Apple Announces New Swift Coding Initiative for Nearly 500,000 Students in City of Chicago
     
  2. ross1998, Dec 12, 2017
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    I'm a 3rd year computer science student and now know java and c++ and have now started dipping my toes into swift. I would recommend students learn java or a c language first. Swift is almost too dumbed down as far as syntax goes so you'll have a hard time going from swift to a c language.

    When you go from a c language to swift you understand what shortcuts swift is taking for you/what it's doing in the background that you don't have to code. Can't say the same about going from swift to any c language or java.
     
  3. recoil80 macrumors 68020

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    I agree if you're graduating in CS, and I'll say you need to learn a few more languages like Python, C, Java or C#.
    I like Swift more than Objective-C, but C was really important to me in the early stages of my career as a developer and starting with Swift would have been easier, but I'd learned less low level stuff, so long life to C :)
     
  4. vicviper789 macrumors regular

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    I disagree! I am an EE and I think you need to learn assembly code in order to understand C in order to understand Swift!
     
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    I disagree that you're disagreeing. You're amending. You simply added another step prior to the recommended one suggested by Ross.:)
     
  6. kdarling macrumors P6

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    Heck, I'd go even further back:

    Everyone should start with binary/hex machine code, in order to appreciate assembly. :D
     
  7. recoil80 macrumors 68020

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    Let's go back to punched cards, I heard they're terrific
     
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    Coding? Antikythera or GTHO! :p
     
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    Gawd, what I wouldn't have done for an onscreen source code editor in computing class, instead of spending all night at the computing center reformatting punch cards.

    But green screens were a luxury reserved for upperclassmen.

    I ended up buying a old semi-working punch machine from the Duke University Surplus department, so I could do minor fixes in my off campus apartment.

    On thread: it's good to see school kids encouraged to learn coding.
     
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    I can see where you're coming from, but I can also see going from "dumbed down" languages to more advanced languages like C & Java. I work in a Kindergarten - 8th grade school district, and many of these kids aren't ready for the complexity of C yet. We use a bit of Scratch, some Osmo coding, to help teach the basic, foundational aspects of coding so when they do get to C or Java, they can better understand the process of going from A to B to C.
     
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    Yeah for non high school/college kids I think a dumbed down language like ruby is better.

    With swift even though the language is dumbed down, Its still really hard because if all the gui event handlers and all that.
     
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    You said your a CS student, have you ever tried Lisp or any of its dialects like Scheme? Geez, there are so many parentheses!
     
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    So you're nitpicking on syntax?

    Swift can do way more than serve as a replacement for Basic to learn programming. Just because it looks like a kid language on the very top surface doesn't mean it can't handle all the advanced features covered by other languages, such as functional programming and protocol-oriented programming.

    C is a great foundation to build from but it can create habits that will cripple your productivity in object-oriented languages.

    Swift is most emphatically *not* a "dumbed down" programming language. I'm not sure where this is coming from but it needs to stop.
     
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    As a homeowner in this fine city who recently enjoyed a 60% increase in property taxes, I'm curious as to who is footing the bill here. No mention in the article, and it seems MR would be shouting it from the mountaintop if Tim Cook was generously donating the resources.

    Regardless, it's hardly motivation enough to transfer my kids to the educational cesspool of CPS, and their utterly corrupted overlords in the CTU.
     
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    Well, sure, if you're not going to get the *real* experience by wire wrapping your own CPU out of TTL logic.
     
  16. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry ment syntax lenient. You're correct about swift functionality being awsome.
     

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