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posted by martyb on Friday December 04 2015, @06:52PM   Printer-friendly
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Swift Is Open Source

Swift, Apple's hot new programming language, is now open source. It is available (or will be once the web site isn't so overwhelmed!) for Mac and Linux under an Apache 2.0 license.

"Swift is now open source! 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. "

Apple Open-Sources Swift and Releases Linux port, as Promised

Apple's Swift programming language may eventually replace the respected but arcane Objective C as the native language for OS X and iOS development, but if you don't have a Mac you might be forgiven for not having taken an interest so far.

However, as MacRumors now reports, Apple have now delivered on their promise to open-source Swift and release a Linux port. It doesn't sound as if the Linux port is quite ready for production use just yet, but the source is out there. Does this mean that Swift is now a contender for general purpose programming?

(Note: at the time of writing, the servers at are failing to live up to their name.)

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @08:17PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @08:17PM (#271924)

    Microsoft doesn't create such fuckugly languages. Might as well be doing Mac development in PHP.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @08:26PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @08:26PM (#271931)

    Maybe Miguel was about to announce a new project.

  • (Score: 2) by dyingtolive on Friday December 04 2015, @08:26PM

    by dyingtolive (952) on Friday December 04 2015, @08:26PM (#271932)

    I have no experience with Swift, myself, and C# is surprisingly nice, I'll give you that. I don't know if you'd count it though, but what about Powershell?

    Don't blame me, I voted for moose wang!