Sitting in the audience this year at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference, I heard a lot of cheers and a applause from a whole lot of developers. They made a lot of noise for the new features baked into the upcoming iterations of iOS and OSX. But the one thing they truly lost their shit over wasn't a new feature, but rather, an entirely new programming language called Swift. Why is Swift so exciting? Why did every developer at Moscone Center for the announcement lose their minds at its feature set?
Neither I nor most of the journalists in attendance had any idea. So, I asked a few people far smarter than I am to explain it to me. The result of those conversations can be read in The Globe & Mail.