This past Monday, at Apple's 34th annual Worldwide Developers Conference, I had the distinct honor of watching on with glee as Tim Cook pulled the covers off a project to which I've dedicated more than one and a half years of my life: Swift Playgrounds, a new app for iPad that makes learning to code accessible to anyone, as well as being a pretty powerful tool for even the most seasoned of developers to experiment with.
I'm still recovering from the conference and the run-up thereto, and I'm taking some much needed vacation, but I just wanted to say that the response to Swift Playgrounds has been nothing short of overwhelming. It is truly staggering the kind things some people have said about the app (and the team that made it).
Swift Playgrounds on iPad is killer for prototyping iOS UI. Seems intuitive even to a total code moron like me. pic.twitter.com/hM4H8tZEQ8— Sebastiaan de With (@sdw) June 13, 2016
In LOVE ♥️ with Swift Playgrounds, this is exactly what I’ve been waiting for— Linda Dong (@lindadong) June 13, 2016
Always great to see the work of so many fantastic people come together. If you're wondering, Swift Playgrounds really is something special!— Chris Lattner (@clattner_llvm) June 13, 2016
More excited about Playgrounds on iPad then anything in computing in a looooong time.— steve holt (@steve_holt) June 13, 2016
So proud of my colleagues who made this possible. ☺️😍
Current status: Coding on the train on an iPad. 🤓 pic.twitter.com/GAoT6ZngDx— Ayaka Nonaka (@ayanonagon) June 16, 2016
But perhaps nothing excites me more than hearing how Swift Playgrounds is already touching people's lives.
"[Playgrounds] made me, someone who… never had any inclination to code before, want to learn. And learn right now." https://t.co/UTRHQrqhrm— Andy Boxall for Digital Trends (via @mattpat) June 18, 2016
Showed my son(7) Swift Playgrounds, greeted with audible gasp of delight. Ten minutes later he was teaching my daughter(4) to program.— David Smith (@_DavidSmith) June 18, 2016
Thank you Apple for the Swift Playgrounds app. My 5yo fell asleep tonight wondering what new commands he’d learn to control Byte tomorrow.— Jake MacMullin (@jmacmullin) June 15, 2016
I'm so proud to have the full weight of a corporation like Apple behind this mission—and if you haven't seen the truly inspiring "Everyone Can Code" video yet, get some tissues ready and go watch it. You can also watch me, along with my extraordinary colleagues, talk about the app in much greater detail, if you'd like.
Working on this project has been a privilege and an honor, and I can't wait to see where we take it in the future. Thank you to everyone for your kind words, and keep learning!