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christopher walsh7,272 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?
Evan Demaris64,262 Points
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.
Brendan WhitingFront End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 84,733 Points
My understanding is it isn't open source yet, but it will be. There's an article about it here:
Chris Shaw26,663 Points
It already is open-source, you can see the source code on GitHub.
interested to see the answers