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Until the video below showed up on my Facebook feed this morning, I hadn’t given running Swift applications on the server side much thought. But it seems a natural progression. If the language is memory efficient and fast, which it must be for mobile application use, then those are certainly plusses running on a server. For now, at least, my focus remains on the mobile app side of things, but I’ve little doubt we’ll be hearing more about server side Swift in the future. I mean, look at how Javascript and Node.js exploded.

Server Side Swift Links of Interest

swift_logo9 to 5 Mac reports, Apple Stores to teach Swift Playgrounds lessons at free Hour of Code workshops starting December 5. Hour of Code is Code.org’s initiative to teach computer programming skills to students around the world. Society today relies upon and is driven by technology like no other period in human history. And this begs that the 3 R’s of education add a fourth, learning to program. Obviously, not everyone is going to grow up to become Software Engineers, but there is a lot of value in people knowing something about what’s behind the apps they use everyday. Such knowledge should not only enrich the lives of individuals, but allow society as a whole to make better informed decisions about technology.

Swift Playgrounds is Apple’s iPad app intended to help new software developers learn to program using Swift. It can be downloaded for free from the App Store. Please follow the original 9 to 5 Mac link above for more information.

Quite a lot has changed since my last post on these pages! Google’s Android has matured considerably, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow ready to burst through the gate on the Nexus 5X and 6P. Apple’s iOS continues to evolve in version 9, and with the release of new, larger, faster, iPhones, Apple’s dominance in the mobile space has roared back to life. And don’t count Microsoft out of the race just yet! Windows 10 has proven to be a success on the desktop and Microsoft has sweetened the deal with slick new Surface hardware and Lumina phones.

It’s a great time to be a developer on any of these platforms. The only limit is your imagination, and of course, development time!