I’ll be honest. The first time I launched Swift Playgrounds on my iPad, I was transported back to when my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Mead, showed me a computer for the first time. Of course, the ‘Learning to Code’ tutorial is far cooler than using Logo was. Also, Byte is far cooler and more expressive than the turtle of my youth, but the feeling is the same. That excitement is something I haven’t felt many other times, the introduction of the iPhone being a notable exception.
The Playgrounds Books example is cool and I look forward to kids learning to code with this tool. That’s only the tip of the iceberg though.
For example, here’s a partial list of Frameworks that Playgrounds support: