Swift Programming Cheatsheet

Written by: Reinder de Vries, August 1 2015, in App Development

Note: The Swift Cheatsheet is updated! Click here to grab the newer Swift 3 Cheatsheet

Learning a new programming language can be daunting. There’s so much to learn, so much to remember and worst of all: if you make one typing error, your code does not work.

For all aspiring app makers, I’ve made a Swift Programming Cheatsheet to help with that! A cheatsheet shows you most important Swift programming keywords, statements and concepts. While you learn, you can rely on the cheatsheet to help you rememember all those narly programming words.

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The Swift Programming Cheatsheet includes:

  • Variables. How do you declare and use a variable? It has ints, doubles, floats, strings, booleans, constants, optionals, expressions and inferred type variables.
  • Methods. The other building block of programming: methods! Included are method definitions, method calls, arguments, return types and named parameters.
  • Classes. One of the fundamental building blocks: classes. Learn about class definitions including subclassing, protocols, properties, outlets and lazy initialization.
  • Instances. How do you use a class? With an instance of course! Learn how to declare an instance, call a method on it and set a property.
  • Control Flow. Go with the flow? Nah! Control the flow of your code with if-statements, combined expressions, AND, OR, for-loops, while-loops and switches. Don’t forget order of precedence!
  • Strings. Strings string together strings of characters, right? Here’s a few examples: optional conversion from String to Int, string interpolation, and declaration and initialization.
  • Optionals. Optionals are simply variables that can be nil during their lifetime. Get the essence of optionals by learning about optional binding, force unwrapping and optional chaining.
  • Dictionaries and Arrays. Ever need to store a list of something? Use an array or a dictionary! Learn how to declare, initialize and change them.
  • Intermediate. Maybe you won’t need it, but just because it’s fun, let’s learn about these intermediate concepts: the nil-coalescing operator and downcasting, both optional and forced.

The cheatsheet is written for Swift 1.2 and tested on iOS 8.4 with Xcode 6.4. In the future, we’ll release a cheatsheet for Swift 2 of course.

You can download the Swift Programming Cheatsheet (PDF) by clicking here.

Written By: Reinder de Vries

Reinder de Vries is an indie app developer who teaches aspiring app developers and marketers how to build their own apps at LearnAppMaking.com. Since 2009 he has developed over 50 apps for iOS, Android and the web, and his code is used by millions of users all over the globe. When Reinder isn't building apps, he enjoys strong espresso and traveling.

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