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Brent Simmons on Swift

Brent Simmons:

I’m lucky. I’ve just started a Mac app, and I plan to write it in Swift.

I’ve heard other developers say they want to wait about a year, and I totally understand that attitude. It’s reasonable to assume that Swift code written today may not compile in a few months — it’s a work in progress.

But my thinking is this: if I start using it now, I can provide feedback, and that feedback will help shape the programming language that I’m likely to use for the rest of my career. Maybe I’ll have a ton of feedback, and maybe I’ll have none — but I’d sure hate to have missed my chance to help.

We came into WWDC thinking we might have to approach Vesper for Mac with a new UI design sensibility. We came out thinking we should write it with a new programming language.

Saturday, 7 June 2014