Swift is coming, Swift is coming

Chris via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at puremagic.com
Wed Nov 25 02:38:51 PST 2015

On Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 10:24:14 UTC, Joakim wrote:

> Apple announced earlier this year that Swift will be ported to 
> linux and open-sourced, so yes, it will.

Then I suppose that companies who use Linux servers and also 
develop for iOS may adopt it.

However, there are two factors to be considered.

1) it might not be worth the hassle to use swift on the server. 
If you also cater for Android etc., you would either lock 
yourself in or have to maintain two systems.

2) Linux people are naturally skeptical of anything coming from a 
big company. What if the Linux version always lags behind, 
because it's not top priority? What if certain new features are 
Apple only (to give their own servers an advantage)? What if this 
causes a mess of Linux patches and 3rd party libraries?

Server Swift might really end up as a niche within a niche.

> It also mentions Go and Rust as alternatives.

You would expect that alright, but D mentioned together with the 
marketing giants Apple and Google? That's nice. In this way 
people will read about Swift and hear "D" as well.

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