Ok, so not to brag or anything, but I got to meet Chris Lattner at the Swift Language User Group (SLUG) Meetup last week! The meetup presentation about Enums, Pattern Matching, and Generics was incredible - see my live tweets of Austin Zheng's elegant Swift code. The video should be posted soon - I'll make sure to send it out in a future newsletter!
It's incredible to witness first-hand how much Chris Lattner personally cares about the success of Swift. Not only did he attend the meetup, he stayed afterwards answering our Swift questions and hearing our feedback. It just makes me so much more excited about the Swift revolution!
One useful tip from Chris was to make sure you upgrade your code one XCode 6 beta at a time - each beta is set up to fix the changes from the previous beta, so if you skip an XCode beta, it'll be much harder to figure out what the issue is. Of course I experienced this first hand this week, when I tried to open up code that I haven't touched since XCode 6 Beta 3 in Beta 6 to fix some issues. It took me a while to figure out what was missing!
The big Apple Announcement is officially set for September 9th! I can't wait. So excited! Given that Apple is clearly hustling for the quickly approaching deadline, I'm not sure whether we can expect a new XCode 6 beta next week - especially considering that Monday is a holiday.
There are, however, two great blog post on the Swift Blog to add to your Labor Day reading :)
This weeks libraries are focused on showing off the power of Swift. Enjoy!
- Surge - Surge aims to bring Accelerate to the mainstream, making it as easy (and nearly as fast, in most cases) to perform computation over a set of numbers as for a single member.
- Moya - Network abstraction layer written in Swift
- CryptoSwift - Crypto related functions and helpers for Swift implemented in Swift programming language
- Literally - Swift Literal Convertibles for Foundation
- ENSwiftSideMenu - A simple side menu for iOS 8 written in Swift language. Using UIDynamics, UIGestures and UIBlurEffect.
- Design Patterns Playground - Swift way to explore design patterns
In Case You Missed It
In case you missed the new stuff on my blog, this is your chance to make your long weekend extra enjoyable :)
- Swift: Unit Testing Tips and Tricks - note that I'll be updating this blog posts tomorrow. Meanwhile, you can read (or join) the discussion about setting up variables in unit tests on Twitter here.
- Swift: Manipulating Constant Objects
I'll also be speaking at a few great events coming up in September and October. I'd love to meet you if you're there!