New Swift Development Courses Available on iTunes U

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Stanford University’s iOS programming course, one of the most popular on iTunes U with over 1.2 million downloads, is now being taught using Swift.

Learn how to build apps with this exciting new programming language by following Stanford’s curriculum: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift.

The first two lectures for the winter 2015 quarter are now live and additional lessons will be added as they are taught.

 

Visual Studio 2015 CTP 5 Available

Visual Studio 2015 CTP 5 is available with new features in debugging, diagnostics, the XAML language service, and ASP.NET 5.

Debugging and Diagnostics Improvements

There is a new Diagnostic Tools window that now appears while debugging that gives you Debugger Events (with IntelliTrace), Memory Usage, and CPU Usage.

New XAML Language Service

Rebuilt the XAML language service on top of the .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”) to provide an improved XAML editing experience with rich IntelliSense that is faster and more reliable.

ASP.NET Enhancements

In this release added some new features to the ASP.NET 5 experience as well as improved performance.

Download Visual Studio 2015 CTP 5 and share your feedback on the next version of Visual Studio and .NET via ConnectUserVoice, or through Send-a-Smile in the Visual Studio IDE.

Apple’s Swift Is Growing

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Developers are still going nuts for Apple’s new Swift programming language.Since it was introduced last summer, Swift just jumped from number 68 to number 22 in the language rankings from research and analyst firm RedMonk.

Swift is 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.

Rankings seeks to gauge how interested programmers are in different languages.

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