Swift 5 ABI Stability why matters?

Swift is fast, safe and expressive language to code with great full stack potential and community support. According to Apple, it‚Äôs 2.6 times faster than Objective C (As a Swift Developer I agree on this too ūüôĆ). It‚Äôs 6th most loved language on StackOverflow.

ABI Background
As a developer, I hope sometimes you also felt that Swift is not mature enough as every year major changes are being introduced. One of the key problems articulated by a lot of developers is ‚ÄúLack of backward compatibility‚ÄĚ and you have to choose one Swift version for your Xcode projects (Version lock). Resulting in with a new Swift release you have to make changes in your existing code.

What is ABI?
ABI stands for Application Binary Interface. During runtime, Swift program interacts with other libraries through ABI (low-level set of protocols for memory representation, function calls, and access).
So when I say ABI not stable it means that each binary is building its own version of Swift Dynamic Library inside it. Now the Swift 5 is ABI Stable which means if I build two apps, one using Swift 5.0 and another using Swift 5.2, both will use Swift ABI embedded in the iOS Operating System.

Why ABI Stability matters a lot?

  1. Compatibility: which means new compilers can compile your old Swift code which means no more migration pain.
  2. Bundle Size: It will reduce the build size because of no Swift standard Library in your Framework folder.
  3. Binary framework and runtime compatibility which enables the framework distribution as a binary which will work across multiple Swift versions.

Conclusion: Swift is the future for Apple ecosystem and now it’s ABI stable which means, in other words, it is like write once and use everywhere.

Reference:
https://swift.org/about/
https://github.com/apple/swift/blob/master/docs/ABIStabilityManifesto.md

Swift | Open source projects for learning and developers to follow on twitter

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Announced in 2014, the Swift programming language has quickly become one of the fastest growing languages in history. Swift makes it easy to write software that is incredibly fast and safe by design.

Blog for developers to highlight, top 10 trending open source to learn.

  1. MessageViewController A SlackViewController replacement written in Swift, compatible with iPhone X, iOS12. Created by Ryan Nystrom
  2. Swift interpreter for Pascal language (Inspired from Ruslan’s Blog). Created by¬†Igor Kulman
  3. CollectionViewSlantedLayout subclass of the UICollectionViewLayout allowing the display of slanted cells in a UICollectionView.Created by Yassir Barchi
  4. Mint Package manager that installs and runs Swift command line tools, created by Yonas Kolb
  5. CryptoSwift Collection of standard and secure cryptographic algorithms implemented in Swift. Created by Marcin Krzyzanowski
  6. CocoaDebug Debugger tools for iOS supports Swift and Objective C, created by CocoaDebug
  7. iOS-Depth-Sampler Examples of Depth APIs in iOS, created by Shuichi Tsutsumi
  8. Universal Link Testing  It fetches and parses apple-app-site-association file for you to quickly check whether Universal Links are working. created by Ethan Huang
  9. Swift Syntax Set of Swift bindings for the libSyntax library. It allows for Swift tools to parse, inspect, generate, and transform Swift source code. Created by Apple
  10. WhatsNewKit Showcase your awesome new app features, Created by Sven Tiigi

 

Thanks for reading!