Question:

Why is the language called Swift?

Answer:

We could make the obvious popular culture joke, but in all seriousness, the language was designed with two goals in mind:

  • swift to code
  • swift to execute

In terms of speed, Swift uses the LLVM compiler, and compiles Swift code to optimized native code depending on target device. In terms of learning curve, the Swift syntax was designed to be clean and easy to read.


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