IBM to bring Apple?s Swift to the cloud to hasten dev?t of apps

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Brain Croll, vice president for product marketing at Apple, takes the stage at the IBM InterConnect 2016 in Las Vegas to discuss his company's collaboration with IBM for the development of the Swift programming language for the enterprise sector Brain Croll, vice president for product marketing at Apple, takes the stage at the IBM InterConnect 2016 in Las Vegas to discuss his company’s collaboration with IBM for the development of the Swift programming language for the enterprise sector [/caption] IBM said it is the first cloud provider to enable the development of applications in native Swift, unlocking its full potential in radically simplifying the development of end-to-end apps on the IBM Cloud. The announcement is a key next step in IBM and Apple?s shared journey to help enterprises advance their mobile strategy with 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 said it has a deep understanding of the advantages of Swift and the knowledge to assist enterprises in maximizing the potential that server-side Swift will provide. Introduced 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. IBM said 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 said it 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. Using Swift on the server also introduces a simpler, more secure toolchain for end-to-end application development. ?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,? said Michael Gilfix, vice president for IBM MobileFirst Offering Management. ?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. IBM said it will soon announce the release of a number of resources that will further enable the community to explore, build and share Swift assets. ]]>

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