The day has arrived: As of yesterday, Swift is now open source! This heralds in a new age where Swift will soon be able to be written for many other platforms, like Linux, the Web, and many more! So, now that Swift is open source, where should one look to get involved?
Getting Involved with Open Source Swift
swift.org — This will be the main hub of information regarding Swift’s foray into open source. Here you can read the blog by the Swift Team about the its development, download binaries based on the public repository, subscribe to the Swift development mailing lists, learn about what is expected of the community, or even how to contribute.
github.com/apple/ — Apple’s list of repositories on GitHub, particularly the “swift” repository. The current code for the next version of Swift is in the main “swift” repository. As of the original writing of this post, it is version 2.2. There are proposals for the next major version of swift (as of December 4, 2015, that’s version 3.0) in the “swift-evolution” repository. There are several other repositories for other aspects of Swift development like the parts relating to Clang, LLDB, LLVM, Foundation, and even a new package manager!
Apple even has a public JIRA bug reporter for swift available at bugs.swift.org.
Thank you to all of those on the Swift Team at Apple that made this possible. Thank you as well to all of the contributors that will be making Swift an even better and more versatile language in the near future! I am particularly looking forward to being able to do web programming in my favorite language. This is a great time to be a Swift programmer. I look forward to seeing what we can all do with this language, in all of the new platforms it will come to.