Apple officially makes Swift open source!
What is Swift?
Swift is a programming language introduced by Apple in June of 2014. It's designed to be fast, modern, safe and interactive.
Swift was announced to be open source in WWDC of 2015, by saying that the binaries will be released for OS X, iOS and Linux by Late 2015. That promise has stayed true.
Swift is now officially open source. This means anyone can use Swift.
It is available for download on Swift.org .
A lot of resources are available at the website. Some include:
- An official documentation to get you up to speed
- Various Swift downloads
- Getting Started Guides
- The source code
Apple says that anyone can earn the right to lead an area of Swift, in accordance with the Community Guidelines .
The full message from the swift team:
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.
For students, learning Swift has been a great introduction to modern programming concepts and best practices. And because it is now open, their Swift skills will be able to be applied to an even broader range of platforms, from mobile devices to the desktop to the cloud.
Welcome to the Swift community. Together we are working to build a better programming language for everyone.