IBM Extends Partnership with Apple, Unveils IBM Swift Sandbox

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: IBM has underscored its partnership with Apple with the launch of a new sandbox based on Swift. Recently Apple open sourced Swift, its programming language for iOS, OS X, and watchOS. Consequently, IBM has released the Swift Sandbox, a free browser-based sandbox, which allows developers to write the codes in Apple’s programming language. The IBM Swift Sandbox is written on top of Linux and runs on IBM Cloud in a Docker container.

IBM makes the latest versions of Swift along with its standard library available for developers to use. Swift is a simple and easy to use programming language, designed for safety, and reduces all kinds of common programming errors. IBM rates Swift as fast, safe, and highly useful for developer productivity.

"The Swift development community is the same community that is helping build the applications that are, literally, changing the way we live our lives. We think there are endless possibilities here. We hope you think the sandbox is as fun as we do and that it also empowers and inspires our collective creativity," said IBM engineer Patrick Bohrer.

Earlier in February, Microsoft had brought out Silver to integrate Swift with its networks. Thus, Swift is generating huge interests from developers after Apple made it open source. IBM Swift Sandbox has also opened up a world of opportunities for developers everywhere.