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Apple Releases Swift As an Open-Source Project (swift.org) 195

jcr writes with the news that Apple's Swift has gone open source: From Apple's press release: "We are excited by this new chapter in the story of Swift. After Apple unveiled the Swift programming language, it quickly became one of the fastest growing languages in history. Swift makes it easy to write software that is incredibly fast and safe by design. Now that Swift is open source, you can help make the best general purpose programming language available everywhere." It's listed at Apple's GitHub repository, too. (Hat tip to Jono Bacon.)
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Apple Releases Swift As an Open-Source Project

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  • by creimer ( 824291 ) on Thursday December 03, 2015 @01:30PM (#51050727) Homepage
    Swift is available for Apple and Linux. No Windows version?
    • by jcr ( 53032 ) <jcr@mac.cOPENBSDom minus bsd> on Thursday December 03, 2015 @01:33PM (#51050757) Journal

      I've heard that Microsoft is working on a Swift compiler [windowscentral.com], but I haven't heard what their schedule is supposed to be.

      -jcr

    • Hope that FreeBSD adds to it as well
  • Swift source code that generated this announcement.
  • by sootman ( 158191 ) on Thursday December 03, 2015 @01:52PM (#51050983) Homepage Journal

    Now that it's becoming so well known, the next thing you'll see is a job listing asking for candidates with "5+ years of Swift experience"

    • the next thing you'll see is a job listing asking for candidates with "5+ years of Swift experience"

      If the employer is a bank, that's understandable if it refers to the SWIFT payment network [wikipedia.org]. Otherwise, I take that as a code word for "I want to poach from Apple."

  • by MouseR ( 3264 ) on Thursday December 03, 2015 @02:52PM (#51051525) Homepage

    Let the forking begin

  • Fastest Growing (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dan East ( 318230 ) on Thursday December 03, 2015 @03:34PM (#51051857) Homepage Journal

    After Apple unveiled the Swift programming language, it quickly became one of the fastest growing languages in history.

    This is a pretty meaningless claim. Although Objective-C was not Apple's creation, they adopted it as the formal language for developing for their platforms. For all intents and purposes (99.9% of code), Objective-C is proprietary to Apple's walled garden. Apple decided to replace Objective-C with Swift, and thus it is no surprise that a large number of developers switched relatively quickly. In the greater scheme of things (IE outside of OSX or iOS development) Swift might as well not even exist.

  • :^)

  • the best general purpose programming language

    Surely that's a matter for conjecture even among Apple Acolytes

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