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What's the future of UIKit?

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What do you think is the future that you'd like to see for UIKit?

Kaya Thomas: Oh, that's a good question. I don't think it needs to be eradicated, but I really like the direction that they're moving with compositional layouts and things like that. I think that's a really good direction to move in. And in thinking about UIKit and Combine and the reactive paradigm and ways that we're moving towards as a development community, I really want to see them kind of investing in how UIKit can work well and interface with those aspects.

“I think I definitely see a future for UIKit where it needs to interface well with everything else they have going on. All the new frameworks and libraries they're building and the direction they're moving into.”

So whether that's making sure that's SwiftUI and UIKit really meld well together, so investing in easily building out SwiftUI views, and then maybe UIKit is responsible for that navigation and all that aspect and really investing in making that well. I think I definitely see a future for UIKit where it needs to interface well with everything else they have going on. All the new frameworks and libraries they're building and the direction they're moving into, because I would hate to see that they stop investing in UIKit and just let it fall to the wayside and don't try to help it kind of meld with the direction we're moving to as a development community.

Paul Hudson: Well right now there is I think an element of fear of missing out for folks who are doing UIKit thinking, “oh, over there, it's so much fun in SwiftUI Land, they're having so much fun,” but UIKit I think really does have a bright future with lots more still to come, because it's an amazing, amazing framework. It's super mature, it can do practically everything I ever wanted in my life, but there's still doing amazing new things with it, and last year was a huge, huge UIKit release and hopefully this year will be the same.

This transcript was recorded as part of Swiftly Speaking. You can watch the full original episode on YouTube, or subscribe to the audio version on Apple Podcasts.

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