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Apple’s Swift goes open source

By Azizul Rahman Ismail - on 4 Dec 2015, 10:53am

Apple’s Swift goes open source

Image source: Swift Blog

The Swift programming language was first introduced by Apple late last year and was released under the Apache 2.0 license. This gave developers the freedom to use the language as they liked and build commercial products for iOS, OS X, and Linux.

By making Swift open source, Apple is opening its doors to the community to improve and contribute to the programming language.

“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,” wrote the Swift team on their blog.

The code is currently hosted at GitHub and includes raw language compiler as well as the Swift standard library and parts of Foundation. There are also features that is said to be originally planned for Swift 3 included in this package such as components from AppKit and UIKit, like a networking stack, threading, and common data types.

Source: 9to5 Mac