A community-driven weekly newsletter about what's happening in the Swift open source projects at Swift.org. Curated by Kristaps Grinbergs. Started by Jesse Squires, continued by Bas Broek. Published for free every other Thursday.


Issue #137

Written by: Bas Broek

It has at this point already been more than two and a half weeks since WWDC. While many are looking into the new tech announced there, as well as playing with the beta software, this is what has been going on in the Swift.org open source projects over the last two weeks.

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Issue #136

Written by: Bas Broek

So that was quite the week, wasn’t it? So many interesting things announced at WWDC. Although there were no groundbreaking announcements regarding Swift 6 or the open source projects, but with SwiftUI, iPadOS, Marzipan Catalyst, and more, the one word to sum up WWDC for me was overwhelming. In a good way, though!

Looking forward to the amazing things we’ll all get to do with these announcements next. And if we’re lucky, we might even get to see some of the tools in open source and/or on other platforms… Here’s hoping.

With all of that happening, it has been relatively (read: very) quiet when it comes to proposals, although a few updates to proposals related to the new announcements are underway, so expect updates in two weeks!

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Issue #135

Written by: Bas Broek

T-4 days for WWDC 2019! Oh yes, if somehow you missed that, it will start after the weekend. Looking forward to everything that’s new, including potential news about the future of Swift… fingers crossed!

For those that are attending, have an awesome time! And also make sure to say hello to Kristaps… he might have Swift Weekly Brief stickers to give out. Make sure to share pictures of where you put those :-)

Also, and I missed to include this two weeks ago, John McCall shared something I wanted to point out to all of you reading, and in particular, those directly involved with the Swift evolution process:

I’d like to thank the community for its patience and its commitment. I know we’ve had a lot of proposals recently, and some of them have been contentious, and it can be a lot of work to keep up with Swift Evolution. You really are appreciated; thank you for everything you do to help make Swift a better language.

Well said.

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Issue #134

Written by: Bas Broek

With WWDC coming up in just two and a half weeks time, there is still a lot going on when it comes to Swift.

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Issue #133

Written by: Bas Broek

I hope all of you had a wonderful last two weeks! I wanted to share that I recently tweeted reaching out to people to talk about iOS, careers and more. And it has been a really rewarding experience! It is quite different from a newsletter like the Swift Weekly Brief, but it is great to get to interact with the Swift community like this!

And with that I wish all of you another two good weeks. Until the next issue :)

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Issue #131

Written by: Bas Broek

A busy two weeks: the long-awaiting Swift 5 was released, alongside Xcode 10.2. It took a while, but it is awesome to see this great release come to life.

Furthermore, Swift 5.1 is already being worked on, and there are tons of proposals ongoing, so you can expect a lot more interesting things to come!

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Issue #129

Written by: Bas Broek

In the last two weeks, a lot about Swift has been discussed. Proposals, ideas, improvements, and updates galore.

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Issue #128

Written by: Bas Broek

A lot has been happening in the last two weeks. I think a long intro would only distract you from all the interesting bits, so let’s get into it…

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Issue #127

Written by: Bas Broek

It has been more than a year since I took over curating the Swift Weekly Brief from Jesse.

When Jesse announced that issue 100 would be the Brief’s final issue, I reached out to him, having helped out with the Brief in the past, to take over the project.

Not only did I really care about this project, but I also felt that it would be a shame to lose this resource for all of you… and myself. I happily took over the project (and still feel very fortunate to continue the effort to this day!) and here we are.

I hope to continue the effort for the foreseeable future! That said, keeping up a newsletter is no easy feat and any help is very much appreciated.

I want to thank all of the readers, sponsors and specifically contributors over the last year. You all rock!

Here is to the next year of the Brief! 🏎

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Issue #126

Written by: Bas Broek

Last week we saw the introduction of a new Swift Community Podcast. The podcast is set up in a similar way (and inspired by) this very Newsletter, fostering the Swift Community, encouraging anyone to help out.

I think this is a really exciting project and am looking forward to seeing the Swift community bring it to life!

And without further ado, here is an update on the last two weeks in Swift open source.

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Issue #125

Written by: Bas Broek

Hello all, and a belated happy New Year! May 2019 be a wonderful year to all of you… and Swift!

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Issue #123

Written by: Bas Broek

Welcome to issue 123 of the Weekly Brief! Although winter is approaching fast, that doesn’t stop the Swift team and community (yet). A lot of discussion has taken place over the last two weeks, and below you’ll find an overview of that.

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Issue #122

Written by: Bas Broek

We’re very happy to announce that thanks to Zigii Wong, Swift Weekly Brief will be available in Chinese as well! You can go to the website here, and you can contribute in this repository. 🎉

In other news, there’s a potentially highly anticipated proposal in review, namely one that introduces a Result type to the Standard Library. 😱

… so go ahead and read all about this and more exciting progress on Swift.

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Issue #121

Written by: Bas Broek

It’s November! The days get shorter, and the end of year is creeping up. Swift 5 is drawing nearer. This issue is also guaranteed not to be spooky.

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Issue #120

Written by: Bas Broek

A packed week with some exciting announcements. And an Apple event coming up on October 30th. And Swift Unwrapped is back! Cool stuff.

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Issue #119

Written by: Bas Broek

We’re very happy to re-introduce the newsletter’s mail subscriptions, so that you can once again receive Swift Weekly Brief in your inbox. If you haven’t yet and are interested, you can subscribe here.

Enjoy the newsletter and have a great weekend and week!

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Issue #118

Written by: Bas Broek

So the lovely Greg took over last issue as I was at a conference, try! Swift NYC. I’ve had an amazing time at the conference (and New York) where I gave a talk about the history of Swift. A video of that talk will be posted in the future.

A big thank you goes out to the organizers, the volunteers and all of those who I got to meet at the conference!


We are also working on bringing back subscriptions via email. To cover the associated costs, we are looking for sponsors again.

We’re sharing more details soon. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring the newsletter, please send me a direct message on Twitter.


That being said, and without further ado, here is an update on everything Swift from the past two weeks.

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Issue #117

Written by: Greg Heo

Bikeshedding, literals, thinking raw strings;
Swift on the server is earning its wings.

Numbers are multiples, even or odd;
Pull requests benchmarking faster, no fraud.

September announcements are here once again;
New phones and devices, and soon Xcode 10.

September is here, and we’re closing out the Summer of Swift. We’ve almost made it through the beta period and now iOS 12, macOS Mojave, Xcode 10, and Swift 4.2 are upon us.

There’s been a flurry of activity on Swift Evolution and around the community; let’s get started with all the latest!

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Issue #116

Written by: Bas Broek

September is approaching swiftly, which means that we’ll be seeing new iPhones and all the new software before we know it.

And although that won’t yet bring Swift 5, we will get Swift 4.2 that comes with some awesome improvements as well, plus we’ll still have Swift 5 to look forward to!

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Issue #115

Written by: Bas Broek

A calm week during these warm two summer weeks. Nevertheless, here is a quick update on what has happened these weeks.

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Issue #114

Written by: Bas Broek

Not only did the Swift repository pass 18,000 pull requests (after the internal repository had 18,000 SVN revisions after four years), it also celebrated its 8th birthday! Impressive numbers, and may many more follow.

Apart from that, I hope many of you are enjoying an awesome summer!

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Issue #113

Written by: Roman Volkov

Welcome to the 113th issue of Swift Weekly Brief! This week was more calm, no news explosions. The repositories and Swift.org discussions had their usual activity.

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