Topic: swift

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Swift System

The Swift programming language team has announced its library for idiomatic interfaces is now open source. Swift System was first introduced in June for Apple platforms. It provides idiomatic interfaces to system calls and low-level types. As part of the announcement, it now includes Linux support.  “Most operating systems today support some flavor of system … continue reading

Swift 5.3 focuses on language refinements

The latest version of the programming language is here. Swift 5.3 focuses on language refinements, the developer experience, and expanding the Swift ecosystem.  New language refinements include adding a string initializer with access to uninitialized storage, synthesized Comparable conformance for enum types, where clauses on contextually generic declarations, refined didSet semantics, and more.  RELATED CONTENT: … continue reading

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Swift now available for Windows

Swift, the programming language used for macOS, iOS, and other Apple operating systems, is now available on Windows via downloadable toolchain images. According to the team, there has been a significant push to port Swift to Windows over the past year. Now that effort has reached a point where early adopters will be able to … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Swift Service Lifecycle

The Swift programming language team has announced a new open-source Swift server ecosystem project. Swift Service Lifecycle is designed to free up resources before exiting an application. “Most services have startup and shutdown workflow-logic which is often sensitive to failure and hard to get right. Startup sequences include actions like initializing thread pools, running data … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Swift adds more linux distributions, Databricks University Alliance, and MemSQL announces $50 million funding

Swift added a new set of Linux distributions officially supported by the Swift project. Swift.org now offers downloadable toolchain and Docker images for Ubuntu 20.04, CentOS 8, and Amazon Linux 2. Swift CI has moved to use Docker to build and qualify the new Linux distributions. A Dockerfile has been created for each one of … continue reading

Swift 5.2 now available

Swift, the programming language for macOS and iOS, has just released a new update. According to the team behind the language, Swift 5.2 focuses on improving developer experience, with improved compiler diagnostics and code completion, debugging reliability, handling of dependencies, and tooling.  Swift developer John Sundell wrote that “while Swift 5.2’s total number of new … continue reading

SD Times news digest: ForgePoint Capital to fund cybersecurity startups, Swift standard library preview package, and DataRobot’s new Snowflake integration

ForgePoint Capital announced that it closed its second fund with $450 million in capital commitments.  “Fund II, the industry’s largest fund focused exclusively on cybersecurity, enables us to continue to invest in early-stage and select growth companies addressing the most pressing security challenges facing individuals, businesses and governments,” ForgePoint wrote in a post.  With $750 … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Swift Playgrounds comes to Mac, Microsoft dual-screen experiences, and DevTool improvements in Firefox 73

Swift Playgrounds is an app for Mac and iPad that uses interactive puzzles and challenges to help users learn the basics of coding. Users will use Swift, the programming language created by Apple that is used to build many of today’s most popular apps, according to Apple. “Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge, so it’s … continue reading

The Swift programming language’s roadmap to version 6

The Swift programming team wants to pursue new frontiers as it looks to version 6 of the programming language. According to the team, it has reached critical milestones of majority over the last couple of versions, making it possible for users to invest in using Swift.  For instance, the arrival of ABI and module stability … continue reading

WWDC: Apple introduces new way to build UIs using Swift

Apple announced its new SwiftUI framework, a UI coding structure that lets developers create UIs with less Swift code using declarative syntax and the new graphical design tools Xcode 11. “SwiftUI is built in Swift for Swift and it’s designed to help you build better apps with way less code,” said Craig Federighi, the senior … continue reading

Apple releases Swift 5 with library and language changes for speed and size

Version 5 of Apple’s Swift runtime officially released yesterday, introducing improvements to application size and performance and a number of language and library changes based on suggestions from the Swift Evolution process. Swift 5 has been pushed to all Apple operating systems, macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS. Ted Kremenek, manager of the Languages and Runtimes … continue reading

Swift 5 launches with exclusivity enforcement to improve memory safety

Apple has introduced full exclusivity enforcement enabled at run-time in version 5 of its Swift programming language. The feature improves memory safety by preventing a variable from being accessed by a different name during a modification of its value, explained Andrew Trick, software engineer at Apple, in a developer blog. The feature was previously available … continue reading

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