Apple’s Swift Programming Language Is Now Open Source

Swift, Apple’s programming language aimed at OS X and iOS developers, is now open source under the Apache License. This means all of the source code, will be available to edit and compile and programs can be created without attribution.

Creator Chris Lattner began working on Swift in 2010 and Apple announced availability at a 2014 developer conference. Lattner took inspiration from “Objective-C, Rust, Haskell, Ruby, Python, C#, CLU, and far too many others to list.” Programmers can use the language to create desktop apps as well as iOS programs.

The code is available today and can be compiled anywhere on any platform – an interesting and open move for the corporation.


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