Swift Flies To Cloud With IBM For Simpler App Development

IBM demoes updated version of programming language Swift, designed to simplify the way developers build enterprise apps

IBM has announced the next phase of its roadmap to bring Swift to the Cloud with a preview of a Swift runtime and a Swift Package Catalogue to help developers create apps for the enterprise.

Swift is a popular programming language for iOS, OS X, tvOS and watchOS.

Unlocking potential

IBM claims to be the first cloud provider to enable the development of applications in native Swift – unlocking its potential by simplifying the development of end-to-end apps on the IBM Cloud.

This is a crucial step in IBM and Apple’s shared journey to help companies take their mobile strategy to the next level with innovative app design, analytics, process transformation and integration required for a mobile first experience. As one of the largest users of Swift for mobile app development, IBM syas it “has a deep understanding of the advantages of Swift and the knowledge to assist enterprises in maximising the true potential that server-side Swift will provide.”

cloud computing workerIntroduced in 2014, Swift is one of the fastest growing and most widely used programming languages. In just over two months since Apple open sourced the Swift language and IBM released its Swift Sandbox for early exploration of server-side programming in Swift, more than 100,000 developers from around the world have used the IBM Swift Sandbox and more than half a million code runs have been executed in the Sandbox to date.

At IBM’s annual customer event in Las Vegas, IBM InterConnect, the firm proclaimed it is committed to maturing the use of Swift as a server-side language for enterprise development. Traditionally, different technologies are used to develop the application on the client and the business logic on the server. By bringing Swift beyond the client to the server, IBM is breaking down barriers between front-end and back-end development, which can provide enterprises a single language to build rich experiences and back-end business logic. Enterprises can benefit from increased speed and efficiency while simultaneously taking advantage of growing availability of Swift skills. Using Swift on the server also introduces a simpler, more secure toolchain for end-to-end application development.

Michael Gilfix, VP, IBM MobileFirst Offering Management, said: “Modern digital apps require a modern programming language. Swift is easy-to-learn, reliable, fast and interactive, the key traits that CIOs look for when building the next generation of enterprise mobile apps.

“Swift on the Cloud is an opportunity for enterprises to radically simplify the development of end-to-end applications and therefore reach new levels of productivity.”

IBM Swift engineers are also working with the growing Swift.org developer community and are most notably focused on contributing to concurrency on multicore hardware, which is critical for enterprise-scale workloads.

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