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Everyone Can Code

Technology has a language. It’s called code. And we believe coding is an essential skill. Learning to code teaches you how to solve problems and work together in creative ways. And it helps you build apps that bring your ideas to life. We think everyone should have the opportunity to create something that can change the world. So we’ve designed a program that lets anyone learn, write, and teach code.

So, what is code anyway?

Code powers virtually everything around us. When you turn your car on, code lets your key talk to the engine. When you want pizza, code places your online order. And when you use your favorite apps, code lets you send a message, share a photo, or swap faces with your cat.

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We made a coding language for everyone.

An open MacBook with a split screen view shows a section of the Swift code needed to create a Newton’s Cradle on the left half of its screen; the right half of the screen displays the resulting Newton’s Cradle. To the left of the MacBook is an iPhone with a constellation visible on its screen. Partially obscured behind the MacBook is an iPad whose screen displays a Disney app with an overhead view of a boat in a river.

We designed Swift to be easy to use. It lets you see what you’re creating with code as you write it. Type your code on the left and immediately see the result on the right. It uses lots of words and phrases you already know, like “print,” “add,” and “remove.” And Swift is not just great for getting started with code — it’s also super powerful. In fact, some of the world’s most popular apps are created in Swift.

An open MacBook with a split screen view shows a section of the Swift code needed to create a Newton’s Cradle on the left half of its screen; the right half of the screen displays the resulting Newton’s Cradle. To the left of the MacBook is an iPhone with a constellation visible on its screen. Partially obscured behind the MacBook is an iPad whose screen displays a Disney app with an overhead view of a boat in a river.

We’ve reinvented how you learn to code, too.

An iPad with with a teal background displays the text “You’re about to learn Swift code so you can give commands to your character, Byte. Walk, jump, walk.” A small animated character stands below the text next to a traffic light. Behind and slightly to the right of the iPad, an open MacBook displays a screen in Xcode with the title “Connect the River Markers” and shows a river image overlayed with a grid and markers of various colors.

We put as much thought into how you learn Swift as we put into designing the language itself. For first-time coders, there’s Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app that makes getting started fun and interactive. With the built-in Learn to Code lessons, you’ll use real code to solve puzzles and meet characters you can control with just a tap. If you’re ready to start building your first app, the Intro to App Development with Swift book will help you learn how from start to finish. You’ll learn the basics and experiment with playgrounds in Xcode, the software used to make apps on your Mac.

Learn more about Swift Playgrounds

An iPad with with a teal background displays the text “You’re about to learn Swift code so you can give commands to your character, Byte. Walk, jump, walk.” A small animated character stands below the text next to a traffic light. Behind and slightly to the right of the iPad, an open MacBook displays a screen in Xcode with the title “Connect the River Markers” and shows a river image overlayed with a grid and markers of various colors.

Bring coding into your school.

We created a comprehensive Everyone Can Code curriculum to help you teach coding to students from kindergarten to college. With teacher guides and lessons, you can introduce the basics on iPad, then advance to building real apps on Mac. So whether your students are first-time coders or aspiring app developers, you’ll have all the tools you need to teach coding in your classroom.

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Learn more about the Swift Playgrounds curriculum (PDF)

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A more detailed look at Swift for coders at every level.

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Educator Forums

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Books, Courses, and Apps

Check out resources to support learning and teaching coding.

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