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Markdown vs Swift: What are the differences?

What is Markdown? Text-to-HTML conversion tool/syntax for web writers, by John Gruber. Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

What is Swift? An innovative new programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. 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.

Markdown and Swift belong to "Languages" category of the tech stack.

"Easy formatting", "Widely adopted" and "Intuitive" are the key factors why developers consider Markdown; whereas "Ios", "Elegant" and "Not Objective-C" are the primary reasons why Swift is favored.

Swift is an open source tool with 48.4K GitHub stars and 7.76K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Swift's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Swift has a broader approval, being mentioned in 993 company stacks & 541 developers stacks; compared to Markdown, which is listed in 756 company stacks and 718 developer stacks.

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Hey guys, I learned the basics (OOP, data structures & some algorithms) with Python, but now I want to learn iOS development. I am considering to learn Swift, but I am afraid how the native mobile development will die out because of the cross-platform frameworks and reviews. My idea is to learn web development first and then learn React Native, and after all of that, finally Swift. What do you think about this roadmap? Should I just learn Swift first due to the pros of the native apps?

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Native apps are not going to die. Especially not Swift because now Swift can be used to develop cross platform macOS and iOS apps due to the new macs having M1 chips.

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If asking about employment opportunities, native will never die out. There will always be opportunity for work in native mobile applications. There are also many advantages of using native over cross platform such as always having access to the latest APIs and developer libraries that may not be available to cross-platform without some native development involved or can wait until someone develops a bridge for you.

If you are asking about what you should develop with first? It really depends. React-Native is great for building proto-types or basic MVP application that doesn't require any of the latest and greatest features Apple has to offer at the moment. But if you're asking what to learn? I would say native will always give you a larger advantage as it will give you a good foundation in mobile development and provide you access to the latest native libraries. It is also a useful skill that can give you an edge in cross-platform mobile like react-native because you will most definitely encounter a situation where you will have to go down to the to native side to extend functionality or utilize APIs that are not yet out of the box.

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I would suggest to bet more on Swift! I have developed act in React and Javascript in the past and played around with Swift a little... the performances of native code vs Javascript are way too slow compared to swift native app!

Now even more than ever M1 chip will give a boost, but if it gives a boost to JS it will give a boost also to native apps. I would seriously consider Swift more than Javascript, React or even Electron!

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Noel Broda
Founder, CEO, CTO at NoFilter · | 3 upvotes · 11.1K views

"Should I just learn Swift first due to the pros of the native apps?". React Native builds Native Apps. Technologies like ionic does NOT build native apps, but React Native does it.

Learning Swift seems to be a really bad idea from my point of view. Learning JavaScript is all what you need. Why? Because then Frontend, Backend, and Mobile Dev, is simple, because it's all JavaScript.

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The decision comes down to your goals and needs.

If you want to be able to create any kind of iOS app, simple or complex, learn Swift. It's indispensable if you're building specialised apps like video editing, augmented reality, machine learning or anything that uses iOS-specific APIs such as App Clips.

But if you just want to create apps that make HTTP requests and display static content such as text or basic video and music, React Native would do just fine, and you can publish the same code to Android. This is a no-brainer choice if you're on a low budget.

And if you know both, you can use both in the same app. You can add React Native screens or components inside a Swift app.

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Carlos Iglesias
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Mobile Native Development Apps will never die. Cross Plataform like React Native only exists to save time and costs for startups mainly, which is extraordinary, and indispensable often of course. But when the App get popular enough, it will probably will move to Native Development. Several improvements.

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Ismael Ghanim
Senior Mobile Engineer at Homecoming · | 5 upvotes · 22.4K views

We chose React Native over native Android and iOS development because of React Native's cross-platform capabilities. React Native has really matured over the years, developing a native feel, with simple and intuitive APIs. The community is also huge, filling in any gaps in the default APIs. These are also the reasons why we didn't choose other hybrid mobile tools. Largely, other hybrid mobile tools don't have the same mobile feel and close connection to the underlying mobile APIs.

At a larger scale, the control that native development offers beats React Native's simplicity. However, at this early stage, it's worth the trade-off. Maintaining two mobile teams and two mobile apps, as we iterate the product rapidly would not be practical. Plus, there is always the escape hatch of native modules if more control is needed.

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Gabor Galazzo

As a startup, we need the maximum flexibility and the ability to reach our customers in a more suitable way. So a hybrid application approach is the best because it allows you to develop a cross-platform application in a unique codebase. The choice behind Ionic is Angular, I think that angular is the best framework to develop a complex application that needs a lot of service interaction, its modularity forces you (the developer) to write the code in the correct way, so it can be maintainable and reusable.

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Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 5 upvotes · 18.4K views

Expo was a tool Macombey really wanted to utilize from the beginning. I have been working with React Native since 2016 and originally I had to use simulators in Xcode, install pods on top of node packages, configure certificates, and more abundant objectives that take time away from actual development. As a development studio, we have to move quick and get projects to our clients and partners in a matter of months.

Expo made this easy for us. We now have a mobile app for clients to download and test their project on, there is no need to install pods or configure Xcode, and development is super fast and reliable now.

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Noel Broda
Founder, CEO, CTO at NoFilter · | 5 upvotes · 96.7K views

1 code deploys for both: Android and iOS. There is a huge community behind React Native. And one of the best things is Expo. Expo uses React Native to make everything even more and more simple. Awesome technologies. Some other important thing is that while using React Native, you are reusing all JavaScript knowledge you have in your team. You can move easily a frontend dev to develop mobile applications.

A huge PRO of Expo, is that it includes a full building process. You run 1 line in the terminal, and 10 minutes after you have 2 builds done. Double check EAS Expo.

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Pros of Markdown
Pros of Swift
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    Easy formatting
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    Widely adopted
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    Intuitive
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    Github integration
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    Great for note taking
  • 2
    Defacto GitHub lingo
  • 250
    Ios
  • 176
    Elegant
  • 124
    Not Objective-C
  • 105
    Backed by apple
  • 91
    Type inference
  • 60
    Generics
  • 54
    Playgrounds
  • 49
    Semicolon free
  • 39
    OSX
  • 35
    Tuples offer compound variables
  • 24
    Easy to learn
  • 23
    Clean Syntax
  • 21
    Open Source
  • 20
    Functional
  • 19
    Beautiful Code
  • 11
    Linux
  • 11
    Dynamic
  • 10
    Promotes safe, readable code
  • 9
    Protocol-oriented programming
  • 8
    Explicit optionals
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    No S-l-o-w JVM
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    Storyboard designer
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    Best UI concept
  • 5
    Optionals
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    Type safety
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    Super addicting language, great people, open, elegant
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    Its friendly
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    Powerful
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    Fail-safe
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    Highly Readable codes
  • 4
    Faster and looks better
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    Swift is faster than Objective-C
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    Feels like a better C++
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    Its fun and damn fast
  • 3
    Easy to learn and work
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    Much more fun
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    Protocol extensions
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    Native
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    Strong Type safety
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    Easy to Maintain
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    Protocol oriented programming
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    Esay
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    MacOS
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    Type Safe
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    All Cons C# and Java Swift Already has
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    Protocol as type
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    Actually don't have to own a mac
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    Can interface with C easily
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    Numbers with underbar
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    Optional chain
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    Runs Python 8 times faster
  • 1
    Free from Memory Leak
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    Swift is easier to understand for non-iOS developers.
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    Great for Multi-Threaded Programming
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    Objec

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Cons of Markdown
Cons of Swift
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    Inconsistend flavours eg github, reddit, mmd etc
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    Limited syntax
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    Not suitable for longer documents
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    Non-extensible
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    No right indentation
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    No underline
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    Cannot centralise (HTML code needed)
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    Unable to indent tables
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    Must own a mac
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    Memory leaks are not uncommon
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    Its classes compile to roughly 300 lines of assembly
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    Complicated process for exporting modules
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    Very irritatingly picky about things that’s
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    Is a lot more effort than lua to make simple functions
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    Overly complex options makes it easy to create bad code

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What is Markdown?

Markdown is two things: (1) a plain text formatting syntax; and (2) a software tool, written in Perl, that converts the plain text formatting to HTML.

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.

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