Apple has released its open source version of Swift. From now on, its source code is freely available to anyone and development will continue as a collaboration with the community.
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Swift was created as an easy-to-use alternative to other languages that would produce concise, safe code. Development began internally back in 2010, with the first app created using Swift being a companion for the 2014 edition of the Worldwide Developers Conference.
Since then, the language has amassed a healthy user base, buoyed by its popularity among students and other people learning programming. Going open source means that its potential audience will be far greater, as coders working on projects outside of the iOS and OS X ecosystem will now be able to implement the language.
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