Chris Lattner, in an email on the Swift Evolution mailing list:
I’m happy to announce that Ted Kremenek will be taking over for me
as “Project Lead” for the Swift project, managing the
administrative and leadership responsibility for Swift.org. This
recognizes the incredible effort he has already been putting into
the project, and reflects a decision I’ve made to leave Apple
later this month to pursue an opportunity in another space. This
decision wasn’t made lightly, and I want you all to know that I’m
still completely committed to Swift. I plan to remain an active
member of the Swift Core Team, as well as a contributor to the
swift-evolution mailing list.
Sounds like an orderly, no-drama (and perhaps long-planned?) transition. Sure am curious what his “opportunity in another space” is, though.
Lattner is a really smart, very well-liked, and deeply respected guy. His leaving is a loss for Apple.
Swift really is Lattner’s baby — he developed the earliest versions of it by himself starting in 2010, before work expanded to a larger group in Apple’s Developer Tools group. (Swift wasn’t announced publicly until June 2014.) The Apple developer community is still in the middle of the transition to Swift. I’m a little surprised he’d leave in the midst of the upheaval. It’s a thriving language, but it is far from a completed project — neither the language itself nor the OS frameworks.
★ Tuesday, 10 January 2017