When Apple rolled out Swift back in 2014, Objective-C was set to be replaced. Even nowadays, however, there are plenty of apps and projects that still use Objective-C, and developers are faced with the prospect of either starting again from...
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When Apple rolled out Swift back in 2014, Objective-C was set to be replaced. Even nowadays, however, there are plenty of apps and projects that still use Objective-C, and developers are faced with the prospect of either starting again from scratch or attempting to convert them to Swift.
Swiftify for Xcode is designed to automate much of the conversion process, handling the task of replacing syntax while letting you focus on other aspects of migrating your project to Swift.
As the name suggests, the service can be accessed directly from Xcode. You can access it from the Editor menu, where you have the option of converting a selection of code or a whole file. You can also copy Objective-C code and paste it as Swift.
It's also possible to convert files directly from Finder without booting up Xcode. The user simply selects one or more files and start the conversion from the context menu.
Finally, the Advanced Project Converter app is designed to help manage an entire project. It lets users explore it from a dedicated UI and select files to be converted. Processed items are automatically added to the project file. The app is included in Swiftify for Xcode, but it can only be used with a Cloud subscription or Swiftify Pay As You Go credits.
- Supported: Convert Objective-C code to Swift right in Xcode
- Supported: Gradually convert your project using the Advanced Project Converter
- Supported: Convert files and projects directly from Finder
- Supported: Right-click and convert code from any text-editing app
- Supported: Configurable conversion options and shortcuts
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- Helps to prevent redoing the whole code.
- Sometimes it is hard to find the exact command of Obj-C in swift.
- It helped me to learn more :)
- The price is a bit high and not very affordable for small companies.
- Be updated and fast
- It could be useful if you do not want to hire a Swift developer and helps to learn your existing team a new language.
- It's especially good for people that know Swift, but have very little experience with Objective-C. It gives you a first cut of code translation. Then you can go from there.
- Sometimes the conversion doesn't make much sense. The Swift conversion doesn't compile, or is not optimized.
- good ROI, saves a lot of time.
- Put in your Objective-C code, select the version of Swift language to convert, click convert. That's all!
- Swiftify is now creating a platform to convert Objective C to #C, something that can help for different development projects platforms.
- Swiftify offers a few free converts to try to show you the power of it. Their price for a subscription plan is really good for big projects.
- New conversion languages, like Python or C++ would be great.
- Some more free tries would help to know how important/helpful it would be for iOS projects.
- Time saved is the best part of it. Last year, we lost a lot of time finding conversions from our actual Objective-C code. Now it's just two clicks and everything works.
- We are going to release our app as soon as possible, and without Swiftify this will not be possible. Seriously, this platform is necessary.
- Good at Objective-C to Swift project conversion
- Helps with Objective-C code refactoring
- Has a decent app with automated conversion
- It lacks general performance and availability
- It doesn't handle Objective-C macro well
- Overall conversion speed expected to be much better
- Helped to reduce churn and to improve our delivery cycle a bit.
- Refactoring took some time because it isn't really suited for complex projects.
I'm currently working on projects that require Objective-C and Swift, so Swiftify is really useful to optimize this process. It is quite easy to use, just need to implement it in XCode and then just select the code and the option "Convert selection to Swift".
Specifically when I need to create a new Swift class and I need to use already existing code on Objective C, I use to convert it first with Swiftify, so I can save some time in the process.
- Implemented on XCode as an editor option
- Fast and precise, compared to competitors
- Helps you in your development
- It converts from Objective-C to Swift but not from Swift to Objective-C.
- The conversion is not perfect, does not always work right.
- The conversion should provide suggestions, as the code could be converted in many different ways.
Additionally, if you need to convert big quantities of code from Objective-C to Swift, this tool will optimise that work. It will not translate a whole class of 2000 lines perfectly, but after converting it you can review the code and modify the lines that have not been properly converted, making you save more than the 50% of the time in that case.
I've not been able to test it properly as I only used the trial version and it is really limited.
- For now the impact has been small, considering that I used the trial version, it was helpful for small conversions. Summarising: Saving time on researching process
I chose Swiftify because most of the times you just need to convert one line, one method... That of course, it is using and used by other code that you didn't add in the conversion code, but you just need to convert that for now. In this situation, Swiftify converts the code, other ones such as iSwift will report an error in the code and will not convert it.