Google working on Swift, support branch found with mysterious Fuchsia OS
Apple’s open-source choice of code, Swift, has a new campsite at Google.
Chris Lattner — Swift’s creator and former Apple employee who is now working on Google’s AI co-processor, TensorFlow — responded to a recent controversy regarding a new GitHub repository for Google containing Swift’s full run of libraries. Lattner tweeted that there’s been a groundswell of Swift coding at Google and that an “integration point” was needed.
Swift at Google has enough folks working on it that we need a staging ground/integration point, and we decided it should be public. https://t.co/hyphe0KrU0
— Chris Lattner (@clattner_llvm) November 15, 2017
There have been clues to Swift’s growing role at Google for at least the past year.
The Verge reports that on the Apple side of GitHub, Google’s Zac Bowling has requisitioned a support branch (which has started to devolved into several commits) where he is working initial support for the OS project he is working on — Fuchsia. Reciprocating that, the Fuchsia gerrit now features a Swift example plot now exists featuring Chinese text reading “hello world.”
Mind you, this doesn’t mean that iOS apps will start getting ported over — there are quite a few proprietary wrappers and code inclusion requirements for that to be worth the effort.