Expected to be released in late 2017, Swift 4 will aim to stabilize the language, both at the source code and ABI level. New features will include improvements to generics, and a Rust/Cyclone-inspired memory ownership model.
Swift 3.0 has been released, writes Apple engineer Ted Kremenek, bringing a wealth of changes to the language and its standard library, additions to the Linux port, and the first official release of the Swift Package Manager.
Microsoft has demonstrated ChakraCore running on Linux and Mac OS X, and Node.js/ChakraCore on Linux.
Apple has open-sourced its new lossless compression algorithm, LZFSE, introduced last year with iOS 9 and OS X 10.10. According to Apple, LZFE provides the same compression gain as ZLib level 5 while being 2x–3x faster and with higher energy efficiency.
Among the announcements Apple made at WWDC 2016, its new file system, called APFS, raised a lot of developer interest. APFS brings strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, and more to macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
At WWDC 2016, Apple announced Xcode 8, the latest version of its IDE for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Now available in beta, Xcode 8 brings Swift 3, improved address and thread sanitizer, a new editor extension architecture, and more.
JetBrains has announced version 2016.1 of CLion, its cross-platform IDE that targets both Linux and OS X. The new version adds many improvements to C++ support, code generation, Python and Swift support, and better Git integration.
LambdaNative is an open-source Scheme-based cross-platform development framework that supports a wide range of platforms, including iOS, Android, Blackberry, OS X, Linux, Windows, OpenBSD, NetBSD and OpenWrt. InfoQ has spoken with Chris Petersen, Ph.D., leader of the development team behind behind LambdaNative.
After introducing their Swift sandbox, IBM have recently announced their next step to support Swift in the cloud by previewing IBM Swift runtime, Swift Package Catalog, and open-sourcing Kitura, a framework for Web app development.
RxSwift project aims to port Rx programming model to Swift, including as many of its abstractions as possible. InfoQ has spoken with Krunoslav Zaher, maintainer of the project.
In a recent post on the "swift-evolution" mailing list, Swift creator Chris Lattner outlined a few criteria that will guide Swift 3 definition and made clear that it will bring disruptive changes.
Perfect makes it possible to use Apple’s Swift language to build enterprise-grade web applications, say Canadian startup PerfectlySoft Inc. With Apple having recently open-sourced Swift, Perfect promises to support cross-platform development across multiple platforms, including OS X, Linux, Windows, iOS, and Android. InfoQ has spoken with Sean Stephens, CEO at PerfectlySoft.
Thanks to Apple open sourcing Swift compiler and libraries earlier this month, JetBrains added support for Swift to its cross-platform IDE, CLion, running both on Linux and OS X.
At #Pragma Conference 2015, Marcus Zarra, author of Pragmatic Bookshelf Core Data, described three approaches to using Core Data in a multithreaded environment and tried to clear up how Core Data should be used in 2015.
Google has announced that they will drop support for Chrome on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 in April 2016.