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Posts by Dick Applebaum

Your comments, and my monthly retirement check from IBM, are making me feel good about Big Blue again
Actually, it was the third  thing out of their mouths when describing Swift:They didn't dwell on code safety other than showing some unsafe constructs in Obj-C that go away with Swift -- it's kind of hard to demonstrate.
Yes!Swift Playgrounds is (are?) addicting!   A missing piece is interactive integration with the Storyboards UI ...I suspect that in a future release of Xcode you'll be able define and test the UI interactively,You can kinda do this now:'If you click the eye icon in the sidebar, the UITableView will be displayed in a popup -- can't scroll it, though ... yet!
Another productivity benefit of Swift is the Swift Compiler is not forgiving -- it rigorously checks for proper syntax, constants and variables must be initialized, Optionals, etc.It pretty much guarantees that if an app compiles it will not crash at runtime. (The programmer can overtly make constructs that will cause runtime crashes -- but he knows when he is doing it).
Mmm ...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Lattnerhttps://developer.apple.com/swift/
True ... but there will be some diamonds among the dross!Just think, some school kid learning to program properly with Interactive Swift Playgrounds ...I suspect that somewhere inside Apple -- someone is programming with Swift Playgrounds running on an iFad.
What's seldom mentioned is that enterprise programmers (IT?) will, likely, be writing their mobile apps using Xcode/Swift -- running Macs.
Yes!If you are running OS X Mavericks. you can download the XCode 6 beta (registered Apple developer account required):https://developer.apple.com/xcode/downloads/Then, download the Swift guided tour:https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/documentation/Swift/Conceptual/Swift_Programming_Language/GuidedTour.htmlDouble click the downloaded guided tour file and it will open in an Interactive Swift Playground:Then, Menu-->View-->Assistant Editor-->Show Assistant...
We already have 3 TVs in the house (one with large screen).The problem is that we have 5 people who all want to watch different things at the same time,We can't split the carrier signal to support another TV -- tried that and the signal degraded to all TVs (lost connections, signal breakup, etc).We all have SteamToMe and can concurrently watch different movies from our iTunes Movie repository over WiFi -- no problem there.Like to be able to do that with live TV too.!
You know, you just gave me an idea ...When the iPad 2 was announced I bought five -- one for each member of our householdAs the iPad 3, iPad Mini and iPad 4 were released I bout 1 each of these.(iPad 2s)The newer iPads get pushed down to the grandkids to replace the iPad 2s.I looked into selling the excess iPad 2s -- but decided to keep them to replace any lost or broken newer models.This next cycle, I'll, likely, buy 1 new iPad and 1 new iPad mini, these will replace...
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