Swift vs. Objective-C vs. Arc

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Description

What is Swift?

Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS and OS X project — or for addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C.

What is Objective-C?

Objective-C is a superset of the C programming language and provides object-oriented capabilities and a dynamic runtime. Objective-C inherits the syntax, primitive types, and flow control statements of C and adds syntax for defining classes and methods. It also adds language-level support for object graph management and object literals while providing dynamic typing and binding, deferring many responsibilities until runtime.

What is Arc?

Arc is designed for exploratory programming: the kind where you decide what to write by writing it. A good medium for exploratory programming is one that makes programs brief and malleable, so that's what we've aimed for. This is a medium for sketching software.

Pros

Why do developers choose Swift?
  • Why do you like Swift?

    Why do developers choose Objective-C?
    Why do you like Objective-C?

    Why do developers choose Arc?
    Why do you like Arc?

    Cons

    What are the cons of using Swift?
    Downsides of Swift?

    What are the cons of using Objective-C?
    No Cons submitted yet for Objective-C
    Downsides of Objective-C?

    What are the cons of using Arc?
    No Cons submitted yet for Arc
    Downsides of Arc?

    Companies

    What companies use Swift?
    804 companies on StackShare use Swift
    What companies use Objective-C?
    770 companies on StackShare use Objective-C
    What companies use Arc?
    7 companies on StackShare use Arc

    Integrations

    What tools integrate with Swift?
    13 tools on StackShare integrate with Swift
    What tools integrate with Objective-C?
    12 tools on StackShare integrate with Objective-C
    What tools integrate with Arc?
    1 tools on StackShare integrate with Arc

    What are some alternatives to Swift, Objective-C, and Arc?

    • JavaScript - Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions
    • PHP - A popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development
    • HTML5 - 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web
    • Python - Python is a clear and powerful object-oriented programming language, comparable to Perl, Ruby, Scheme, or Java.

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