After Apple open sources it, IBM puts Swift programming in the cloud

“That didn’t take long: As soon as Apple released its Swift programming language to the open source community, IBM created a way to code with Swift in the cloud,” Kevin Tofel reports for ZDNet.

“Big Blue released its IBM Swift Sandbox that runs your Swift code on a Linux server using a Docker container,” Tofel reports. “No, you’re not going to create the next big Swift program in the Sandbox, but for those wanting to get their feet wet with Apple’s newest object oriented programming language, the IBM Swift Sandbox is worth the look.”

“I whipped a few lines of code together in Safari on the iPad Pro – my full time computing device – and was able to run them without a problem or any lag. The text editor highlights common code errors just as you’d expect in an Integrated Development Environment or code creation tool,” Tofel reports. “That’s super useful in a classroom setting where students can tinker with Swift to learn app development.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Ladies and gentlemen, this Swift thing just might be something!

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  1. For anyone who believes that this was created as soon as Apple released Swift as open source, I have a nice bridge to sell you.

    This is obviously a tool IBM developers have been using internally, which was released to the world (not created) quickly.

  2. I’m not a coder so my opinion could be bullshit, but if Swift becomes very popular with people coding for Linux servers, that seems like only a good thing for Macs which is where Swift originated. In fact, Swift coders will easily work on Linux servers and Macs developing code so the machines interact seamlessly. To me it seems like that other operating system from Redmond may be left out in the cold by this new emphasis on Swift. But like I said, this is getting near the extremity of my area of expertise so I could be full of shit.

    1. According to Apple’s press release Swift can be compiled for any major OS, including Windoze.

      “By making Swift open source the entire developer community can contribute to the programming language and help bring it to even more platforms,” said Craig Federighi. Swift is licensed under the popular Apache 2.0 open source license with a runtime library exception, enabling users to easily incorporate Swift into their own software and port the language to new platforms.

  3. Unfortunately all needed libraries are not there. Unless you are writing a very basic program that does not use import statement, you will get errors and no compile.

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