Sorry for the delay in sending the newsletter this week. Unfortunately Curated, the service which powers Swift Web Weekly, is having some issues that prevented me from sending this issue on time.

This week we see the launch of Vapor Cloud (more about it below). With it, we get a second hosting service treating Swift as a first-class citizen. IBM was first, of course, with Kitura and integration with Watson and the other IBM Cloud services.

It’s a really exciting time for Swift and our community! We’re getting so much, so quickly! Oh, my!

I was talking about Swift with someone today at the Vapor London Meetup. The language is in a great place right now, and the tools and services we need for both client and server development are getting better by the day. If you’re building a team, having Swift developers you can move around in multiple domains is great and the tech is fun to use. Swift can help you get moving quickly and save you money both concerning staff and in recurring running costs. The only viable alternative seems to be JavaScript, which doesn’t provide great savings regarding running costs, but if you embrace it fully, with React and React Native, you could build an entire team made almost entirely of JavaScript developers, using the same tools and sharing knowledge, skills, and code. You only need a handful of specialists for each platform.

Could the same be true for Swift, one day? I certainly hope so! What do you think about this? How do you feel Swift on the server is right now? And where do you see it going in the next few years?

Gianluca Tranchedone