How and why Swift started at Apple is still a bit of a mystery to the outside world and has been the focal point of many rumors and speculation over the years. If I had to pick one place where there is solid evidence of Swift’s roots at Apple, it would have to be with Chris Lattner. Chris Lattner is the internal founder of the Swift language at Apple, with a claim from Lattner on his personal website that the language dates back to 2010 internally at Apple.
Designing server architecture to support multiple applications can be a very tricky and intimidating task to take on. So many different things need to be considered when designing your first initial implementation that often times engineers will find themselves over engineering an achitecture all at once instead of building for their immediate needs and planning to scale over a period of time.
I was recently asked in a computational project to generate prime numbers to be used in public key hashing routines. The idea was that I needed to write an algorithm that finds prime numbers between a specific range and then those prime numbers would be randomly assigned to a list and then multiplied together in sequence to produce large complex numbers that would then, in turn, be concatenated together to form variations of public keys.
This week I heard some chatter in certain iOS groups that I belong to about whether testing your iOS, macOS, watchOS, or tvOS applications provided any immediate value in the development life cycle. As opposed to developing features without testing and getting them to market right away and then iterating upon them in a highly agile methodology.
Today I was analyzing a potential bottleneck in some computation I was doing with Swift and thought I would try a basic linked list data structure to store data instead of an array. It soon dawned on me that I have never created a linked list in Swift before and thought this might be a good opportunity for a Swift Playground to test out my idea.