It has been a while since Apple created the Swift Server Workgroup (SSWG), and while many more workgroups have spawned since then, one aspect of the SSWG remains unique. The package incubation process.

Even looking outside the Swift workgroups, I could only find one other similar programme (thanks for the help, Adam!) from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

I was inspired to write about this subject when I noticed the workgroup accepted another package into the SSWG projects list this week.

A thriving open-source library/package ecosystem is vital to a successful modern language, but there’s usually a level of doubt you’ll have before choosing a dependency. It ultimately comes down to one question “Will I regret importing this dependency later?”

However, it can sometimes be hard to tell whether a package was intended to be a stable, dependable part of thousands of apps or whether it was open-sourced just in case it would be helpful to others without the author intending to commit themselves to years of maintenance duties! Both those types of packages are valuable, and everything in between, too, but having an experienced group of people focused on “encouraging the development of high quality, well maintained libraries and tools that the community can comfortably lean on” is incredible.

In the SSWG’s case, it’s all helped by the fact that Apple is doing so much work on server-side Swift in the open and all of the community server-side frameworks being open-source. That said, there’s no reason a similar process couldn’t be adopted by the community (or by Apple!) for packages focused on Apple platform development. How to determine the quality of packages is a topic that crosses my mind frequently as we think more about package discovery on the Swift Package Index.

I don’t have any conclusions to make here and certainly don’t have time to set anything up, but it’d make me happy to see interest in this area outside server-focused packages.

Dave Verwer  






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