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christopher walsh
christopher walsh
7,272 Points

Swift as open sourced

Apple made Swift an open sourced language. But I don't really understand what that means. outside of Xcode and making an app, how can you make the language do anything for you, outside the apple ecosystem?

interested to see the answers

2 Answers

Swift was open source as of 12/03/15; this means that developers can see how Swift is actually functioning and easily make changes or enhancements, and also makes it much easier to use Swift on different devices (so it can run natively instead of needing to be run through an emulator).

Because you can essentially edit Swift to your liking, it can be edited to be more of a general purpose programming language instead of being a programming language exclusively for iOS based devices.

Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw
26,676 Points

It already is open-source, you can see the source code on GitHub.