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I've been peeking at the provisional results from the iOS Developer Community Survey, and one set of really fascinating answers are in the Swift on the server section. I won't spill the beans on what the results are until after the survey closes in January, but I can't wait to reveal how everyone is thinking about Swift as a back-end language.

On that same subject, this week has been full of server-side Swift news. First, Ian Partridge and Chris Bailey from IBM are stepping down from the SSWG. Like many others, I'd also like to thank them both for everything they have done for Swift and Swift on the server so far. 🎉 Their departure from the SSWG is sad news of course, but I don' t think it's necessarily a mark of doom.

I'm no expert on Swift on the server, so I'm not going to write much here, but with Vapor still going strong, and new server-side frameworks for Swift continuing to pop up it's still very early days for Swift as a server language.

Will it be a mainstream success? I think it's far too early to make a judgement on that. My gut feeling says Apple would need to put much more public, and explicit support to one of the frameworks (or make their own?) for that to be likely, but this announcement certainly doesn't kill it.

Talking of Vapor, this week also saw a "What's new in Vapor 4" post pop up on the forums. It's in beta right now, and there are some exciting developments in there like a background task mechanism, integrated APNS support, and a new model API. 👍


Like last year, I'll not be taking my normal week off next week. Instead, there will be another "Best of the year in And Finally..." for you all to enjoy, so keep an eye out for that.

I hope you all have a fantastic break for the holidays, and once again, as always thank you for your attention and support this year. Happy Holidays! 🎄

Dave Verwer

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