Swift Weekly Brief

A community-driven weekly newsletter about what's happening in the Swift open source projects at Swift.org. Curated by Kristaps Grinbergs. Started by Jesse Squires, continued by Bas Broek. Published for free every other Thursday.


Issue #173

Written by: Kristaps Grinbergs

The last two weeks passed quickly. We now have Swift Evolution dashboard working in dark mode. How cool is that?

Great news for server-side folks. We have now Swift tooling for Kubernetes. Now you can orchestrate your server containers using language you know and love.

We’re close again to the Holiday season and there is a special schedule when merge access is locked. I think it’s great to take some time and unplug. I know from myself, it is hard to do it, especially if you’re passionate about a project you’re working on.

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Issue #172

Written by: Kristaps Grinbergs

The last two weeks have been very active. Swift core team shared an article explaining Swift concurrency roadmap and multiple other great resources. I think it will be very exciting to see what is going to happen in near future.

There are awesome news from Swift on the Windows development side. The initial port of the Swift system has merged. It’s great to see Swift reaching new horizons and getting one step closer to total world domination. It is a famous quote by Chris Lattner.

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Issue #171

Written by: Kristaps Grinbergs

The last two weeks were somewhat slow in the Swift open source world but then Apple published yet another open-source library - Swift Service Discovery. Apart from the announcement of the new iPhones we had some weird times with Xcode 12.1 and 12.2 beta 3 🤔.

To continue sending out this newsletter to your emails, we are looking for sponsors to cover the cost of the platform we are using. More info about that can be found here. Or you can reach out to me personally on Twitter @fassko. Thanks! 🙏

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Issue #170

Written by: Bas Broek

My last issue. I have had such a great time writing this newsletter with the help of some great friends, and I can’t thank all of you enough.

I’m very excited for the future of the newsletter now that Kristaps is taking it over, with me watching from the sidelines.

All the best,
Bas

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Issue #169

Written by: Kristaps Grinbergs

An update on the Swift Weekly Brief from Bas:

After Jesse moved on to different project after issue #100, I’ve decided to move on to different projects now, too. I’ll stick around for issue 170, but that’ll be my last. You can read my blog post for more details. It’s been an absolute pleasure contributing to and helping out with this project, working with Jesse and Kristaps, as well as all other contributors and authors.

I took over the newsletter from Jesse as I wanted to keep this valuable research afloat — helping more than 10.000 subscribers and followers to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the Swift.org and other Apple open source projects.

As Jesse said in issue 100, this still stands and I hope this project will continue through contributions from the community:

Gladly Kristaps will be taking over and will remain as the main contributor for Swift Weekly Brief. More contributors however are welcome. If you are interested, please get in touch!

All the best, Bas


In other news…

The last two weeks were full of surprises and new stuff. Xcode 12 was officially released along with Swift 5.3 as well as Swift docker images. The Swift repository moved to having a main branch as its default.

It did not stop there and as a surprise Swift on the Windows landed.

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Issue #168

Written by: Kristaps Grinbergs

The last two weeks were pretty quiet, but I think it is about to change. I assume we will see a lot going on before the official Apple platform releases. Stay tuned!

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Issue #167

Written by: Bas Broek

Here’s a fresh update on everything going on in Swift in open source. Like every other week, really! It continues to be a pleasure being able to write and share this newsletter with you, keeping a digestable overview of changes.

Enjoy the brief!

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Issue #166

Written by: Kristaps Grinbergs

Summer is already in its second half and seems that the Swift community has gained some steam before the official Xcode releases.

Additionally, the people working on Swift on the server have great news about AWS Lambda and Kitura is now a community project!

I think this is a calm before the (autumn) storm. We will have more awesome news in the coming weeks.

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Issue #165

Written by: Bas Broek

If you haven’t heard about it yet, we’ve been seeing a start to async / await in Swift these past two weeks. While this will take a lot more time before we can expect to see this land in Swift, it is an exciting thing to see. 🏎

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Issue #164

Written by: Bas Broek

Another two weeks have passed, so here’s another “Weekly” Brief. There’s lots of energy within the community at the moment, it seems — as there’s a lot going on.

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Issue #163

Written by: Kristaps Grinbergs

This year’s WWDC was a blast. Despite what is currently happening in the world I think Apple created a small “development holiday” for all of us. I think a new online conference reached far more folks around the world than ever before. We got completely revamped developer forums, as well as many community-organized side events that were not tied to any physical location, which is great.

This year we got great new things, especially in SwiftUI, that are driven by new cool additions to the Swift language. And much more. Now we have a full summer to explore new stuff and get ready for new Apple releases and slowly for Apple’s own built silicon.

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Issue #162

Written by: Bas Broek

WWDC is now very, very near. Only a little bit more than a weekend before things kick off. Very exciting!

Also — a note regarding this issue’s sponsor. This was so unexpected — but so, so very kind. His point is spot on. Putting together Swift Weekly Brief time and time again is something I’m very happy to do, and it is a real pleasure to be able to support the Swift community this way.

But it isn’t always glamorous, so don’t take things for granted.

Thank you, Paul! ❤️

Enjoy WWDC everyone, and looking forward to a hopefully jam-packed issue in two weeks!

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Issue #161

Written by: Bas Broek

The previous issue has a more extensive introduction, so for this one I’ll keep it short. WWDC is coming up really soon — I’m very much looking forward to it and seeing/meeting people online. Come say hi if possible :-)

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Issue #160

Written by: Bas Broek

And so, another two weeks have passed. For me, time seems to pass so quickly and yet at the same time, slowly.

We’re now about a month away from WWDC20 “taking off” — what that means exactly is still a surprise, but I’m very much looking forward to it.

Also, today’s issue coincides with Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). It’s a topic very dear to me. There are some tasks on this website’s repository that aim to make the site more accessible. Any help on those would mean the world to me.

After all, I took over the curation of this newsletter from Jesse because I wanted to keep sharing what’s happening in Swift open source with all those others benefiting from it.

There are also still sponsorship opportunities for the newsletter, and I would greatly appreciate it if you could share that with those who might be interested in helping with the newsletter in that way. It allows us to keep delivering it to your inbox every other Thursday!

Anyway… there’s also news!

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Issue #159

Written by: Kristaps Grinbergs

The last two weeks started quite slow, but now it seems that things are starting to heat up. Apple has released more information about WWDC 2020, announcing it will take off on June 22.

Also, Google Summer of Code 2020 students have been announced. They will be working on important and exciting projects for Swift over the summer, being mentored by the people at Apple!

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Issue #158

Written by: Bas Broek

It still feels strange to me that every time I start writing this introduction, I think about the two weeks that have just flown by. It makes me appreciate how valuable time can be, and makes it feel worth it to provide all of you with an overview of what’s been happening in the “world of Swift”.

I also want to give another massive thank you to Kristaps, whose contributions are what make it possible for me to continue writing these issues.

I’d like to encourage you to stand still and reach out to or thank someone that has been helping you — speaking from my experience, it really makes a difference.

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Issue #157

Written by: Bas Broek

This issue, I’ll keep this short and sweet. I hope you’re all staying healthy and at home.

Enjoy the issue!

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Issue #156

Written by: Kristaps Grinbergs

Apple announced that WWDC 2020 will be an online-only event, and many of us are learning how to work remotely from our homes while we cope with the on-going health crisis. I hope everyone is staying safe.

Meanwhile, Swift 5.2 has been officially released with Xcode 11.4. So take a break from the news and spend some time updating your projects!

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Issue #154

Written by: Bas Broek

I’ve been keeping myself busy the last two weeks with exciting things going on at work, and visiting other offices. We’ve also been hard at work on preparations for the SwiftAveiro conference, which I’m co-organizing this year.

All in all, cool stuff going on!

That said, here’s what kept some other people busy these past two weeks…

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Issue #152

Written by: Bas Broek

I think I don’t have to mention much more than that a lot of fantastic information on the distant future of Swift has been shared in the last two weeks: the road to Swift 6, progress on the Function Builders proposal, and more. 🎉🎉🎉

This is a big issue with lots of interesting topics being discussed!

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Issue #150

Written by: Bas Broek

One. Five. Zero. One hundred and fifty. 150 issues! What an awesome milestone for this project, and fitting as the last issue in 2019 (this was accidental, I swear!)

My gratitude to none other than Jesse Squires first and foremost, for starting this project and keeping it going up until issue 100. Thank you to Kristaps Grinbergs for helping out behind the scenes over the last months, as well as writing a few issues. Thanks to all other authors and those people helping behind the scenes for everything. You are the ones making this newsletter possible!

Lastly, thank you all dearly for reading and sharing the newsletter! When I took over this project from Jesse, I did so for two main reasons: I wanted to keep up to date with what’s going on with Swift, and have the possibility to share that with all others interested as well. And I feel that has worked out quite splendidly! Looking forward to continuing the journey in the next year.

And with that said, before we jump into the news from over the last two weeks, I want to wish you all a great end of 2019.

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Issue #149

Written by: Bas Broek

Earlier today, I finished my last working day of the year. All the holiday feelings are there now! I hope that you’ve had a great last weeks, including a great Thanksgiving for those who celebrated it!

And a big special thanks to Kristaps for helping out with this issue; I would not have been able to write it without him. 🏎

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