Do you really need to learn a new language for iOS8?

Hi again,

Tim Cook’s presentation in WWDC 2014 on Monday was the main headline in almost all technology blogs and news. Apple has announced a series of updates for all channels. The one that we were all curious about was about iOS8 and updates together with it for 2014. Some of them were expected, like availability of Touch ID for authentication for other apps, but the main surprise was about introduction of SWIFT as development language, replacing Objective-C.

ios8_2It was a big surprise for all enterprises having quite some investment on Apple technoloigies, for Apple to continue with a such radical change. There is a long road ahead to build the same experience with a coding language not so widely used, while the market still suffers from lack of experienced Objective-C developers. Lack of specialized trainers, absence of valid case-based documentation and experience to be built (which can be translated as mistakes to be made to learn from) are just some of the challenges that iOS developers are about to face.

At the same time, our partners developing mobile solutions with Smartface App Studio, are able to continue their development efforts and plan with zero impact, totally free of the additional complexity brought by Apple. We continue to utilize our flexible infrastructure with JavaScript as the development language also for iOS solutions. We will also continue to isolate mobile solution development from radical changes in the sector, establishing fast adaptation for technology updates, enabling project teams to focus on business requirements rather than technology switch.

I would like to emphasize the fact that we closely follow iOS8 updates and will make t hem available for usage together with iOS8 GM version in Smartface App Studio. Following Smartface App Studio Roadmap is advised to keep a close eye on what is about to come.

Thanks to all partners developing solutions with Smartface App Studio.