Hello, Swift!

Published: 2017-03-30 by Pradeep Gowda.
Tagged: swift

I have been programming for donkeys years now. I was intrigued when Apple originally announced a new programming language. I downloaded the Swift Programming Language Guide as an ebook and was immediately impressed with the language. There was a lot to like about the langauge. But, it wasn’t of much interest at that time because I (rightly for the time) thought, it’s not going to be much use to me because “I don’t do desktop/app development and why would I get tied to a propreitary langauge in 20xx?”. Now (2017) things have changed quite a bit.

Why I would like to learn, program in Swift and enthused enough to write this journal:

My primary interest in Swift in building web services, command line applications etc., I’m curious to see how this plays out.

  1. Though Apple only makes packages available for latest versions of Ubuntu along with MacOS (of course). 

  2. which has emerged as a very popular alternative to GNU, especially with Apple and various BSD Unix. 

  3. You don’t have to use XCode! 

  4. See Swift.org - Server APIs Project 

  5. I was taken aback by the amount of support IBM is pouring into Swift. This is not unprecedented. IBM also invested heavily into Java. 

  6. I’m writing this post on a Mac, and I use Macs everyday. But, I want to deploy stuff on to Linux, not Macs.