Apple Takes a Radical Approach with its Swift Programming Language

Apple just announced something really radical today at its Worldwide Developer Conference. We all now how strict and closed the company is with its software and hardware, but it looks like things are about to change and we might see them before the end of this year.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president, announced that the company will make their latest programming language, namely Swift, open source by the end of the year. This is quite surprising since the company enforced a strict closed box policy on their products up until now. So why the change of heart?

Nonetheless, Federighi said that the compiler code and libraries for iOS and OS X will be made available to everyone and it looks like they are planning to go even further and release the latter for Linux as well. This means that developers will be able to program in Apple’s code on all major operating systems once the code gets released.

Don’t get too excited though. A similar promise was made by Steve Jobs in the past, who said that the company would deliver the FaceTime protocol to developers so they can integrate it into other software outside Apple’s own OS’. As you can imagine, the protocol is still not available, so take the recent information with a grain of salt until you actually see Swift’s code available for download.

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Google’s Dart SDK 1.0 Emerges From Beta

Google has launched version 1.0 of its Dart SDK today, which is the company’s cross-browser and open-source toolkit for structured Web applications. Google considers version 1.0 as the mark of Dart’s transition to a production-ready option for Web developers, though no browser supports Dart native code at the moment.

The Dart project has first seen the light of day in October 2011 and ever since, the company has been working with early adopters to mature the project and grow its community. With the help of third-party developers, the Dart SDK comes with a feature called the Pub package manager with more than 500 packages.

The Dart SDK 1.0 features tools and core libraries to help make development workflow “simpler, faster, and more scalable,” according to Google. A development environment made especially for developers managing a growing code base has also been included in the Dart Editor, with the help of features such as code completion, refactoring, jump to definition, a debugger, hints, warnings, and so on. As for deployment, the dart2js translator allows Dart code to run in modern browsers.

Dart is Google’s open-source Web programming language and the goal set by Google is to replace JavaScript. Of course this cannot be achieved in one go, but in time it could be a possibility. The dart2js from DeltaBlue benchmark output now runs even faster than idiomatic JavaScript, the dart2js output code size has been substantially reduced, and the VM is now between 42% to 130% faster than idiomatic JavaScript running in V8 JavaScript Engine.

Google has made Dart SDK 1.0 available to all who wish to give it a try and can be downloaded from here.

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