7 reasons Apple should open-source Swift — and 7 reasons it won’t
Apple’s new programming language Swift has been public for a few short months, but the Apple faithful are already bowled over. They toss around words like “cleaner,” “simpler,” “modern,” and “powerful.”
The rest of the world, however, can only speak about Swift hypothetically — while the coding tools are free, they run inside only Xcode or a Playground, which, in turn, run on only Apple hardware. Of course, if you’re really desperate, a clever website lets you try some basic Swift code as long as you don’t touch the libraries.