Swift 2.2

A while back, I mentioned Swift was open sourced. Today, they released version 2.2, the first release with non-Apple contributors.

There are also binary releases, so it’s even easier to install!

$ wget https://swift.org/builds/swift-2.2-release/ubuntu1510/swift-2.2-RELEASE/swift-2.2-RELEASE-ubuntu15.10.tar.gz{,.sig}
$ gpg --verify swift-2.2-RELEASE-ubuntu15.10.tar.gz.sig
$ tar xf swift-2.2-RELEASE-ubuntu15.10.tar.gz
$ rm swift-2.2-RELEASE-ubuntu15.10.tar.gz{,.sig}
$ export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/swift-2.2-RELEASE-ubuntu15.10/usr/bin
$ cd swift
$ rm hello
$ swiftc hello.swift
$ ./hello swift 2.2
Hello, swift!
Hello, 2.2!
Swift 2.2

Hello, Swift!

The Swift programming language (not to be confused with an earlier Swift programming language) is now open source! This is a language developed at Apple as an alternative to Objective-C, the proprietary language used to develop most OS X and iOS products. Those are popular platforms, but Objective-C was not well-regarded by most developers. Apple needed something better and rather than try to improve Objective-C, they decided to start over. Swift is the result.

My desktop machine is currently running the latest Xubuntu

$ lsb_release -ds
Ubuntu 15.10

which is one of the platforms they claim to support, so why not give it a go? First, the prerequisites (I already have some of these installed, but APT will just skip over them if that’s the case so I’m just going to paste the whole line)

sudo apt-get install git cmake ninja-build clang uuid-dev libicu-dev icu-devtools libbsd-dev libedit-dev libxml2-dev libsqlite3-dev swig libpython-dev libncurses5-dev pkg-config

Now, download all the source

git clone https://github.com/apple/swift.git swift
git clone https://github.com/apple/swift-llvm.git llvm
git clone https://github.com/apple/swift-clang.git clang
git clone https://github.com/apple/swift-lldb.git lldb
git clone https://github.com/apple/swift-cmark.git cmark
git clone https://github.com/apple/swift-llbuild.git llbuild
git clone https://github.com/apple/swift-package-manager.git swiftpm
git clone https://github.com/apple/swift-corelibs-xctest.git
git clone https://github.com/apple/swift-corelibs-foundation.git

Whew! Now try building

$ cd swift
$ utils/build-script -h
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "utils/build-script", line 24, in <module>
    from SwiftBuildSupport import *
  File "/home/tim/swift/swift/utils/SwiftBuildSupport.py", line 15, in <module>
    import ConfigParser
ImportError: No module named 'ConfigParser'

Oops! Apparently, the build script is written in Python 2 and my environment has Python 3 as the default (it being nigh 2016 and all). I guess I’ll switch back for this

$ pyenv global system
$ utils/build-script -h
To build everything with optimization without debug information:

  [~/src/s]$ ./swift/utils/build-script -R

To run tests, add '-t':

  [~/src/s]$ ./swift/utils/build-script -R -t

To run normal tests and validation tests, add '-T':

  [~/src/s]$ ./swift/utils/build-script -R -T

Alrighty then, let’s give it a try!

$ cd ..
$ ./swift/utils/build-script -R -T

[Time elapses.] Okay, where are the results?

$ find . -name swift

I guess ./build/Ninja-ReleaseAssert/swift-linux-x86_64/bin/swift is probably my compiler. Now, how to write a Swift program. A little googling gets me this.

println("Hello, World!")

That looks easy. Let’s try it.

$ ./build/Ninja-ReleaseAssert/swift-linux-x86_64/bin/swift hello.swift
hello.swift:2:1: error: 'println' has been renamed to 'print'
println("Hello, World!")
Swift.println:2:13: note: 'println' has been explicitly marked unavailable here
public func println<T>(value: T)

Hrm. I guess that tutorial is out of date. No worries, that error message tells us exactly what to do— a very good sign!

print("Hello, World!")

Now we get

$ ./build/Ninja-ReleaseAssert/swift-linux-x86_64/bin/swift hello.swift
Hello, World!

Oh, it didn’t just compile it, it compiled and ran it!

$ ls -l ./build/Ninja-ReleaseAssert/swift-linux-x86_64/bin/
total 401048
-rwxr-xr-x 1 tim tim 64661808 Dec  4 09:28 lldb-moduleimport-test
-rwxr-xr-x 1 tim tim 68172720 Dec  4 09:28 sil-extract
-rwxr-xr-x 1 tim tim 68801512 Dec  4 09:26 sil-opt
-rwxr-xr-x 3 tim tim 73638760 Dec  4 09:26 swift
lrwxrwxrwx 1 tim tim        5 Dec  4 09:27 swift-autolink-extract -> swift
lrwxrwxrwx 1 tim tim        5 Dec  4 09:27 swiftc -> swift
-rwxr-xr-x 1 tim tim   862680 Dec  4 09:27 swift-demangle
-rwxr-xr-x 1 tim tim 66063096 Dec  4 09:27 swift-ide-test
-rwxr-xr-x 1 tim tim 68444448 Dec  4 09:28 swift-llvm-opt

Okay, maybe swiftc is the “swift compiler”.

$ ./build/Ninja-ReleaseAssert/swift-linux-x86_64/bin/swiftc hello.swift
$ ./hello
Hello, World!


$ ./build/Ninja-ReleaseAssert/swift-linux-x86_64/bin/swiftc -version
Swift version 2.2-dev (LLVM 46be9ff861, Clang 4deb154edc, Swift e0e52576c4)
Target: x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu

I guess I should make a link to swiftc in my bin directory or something.

Now let’s try the arguments greeter seen elsewhere.

if Process.arguments.count <= 1 {
    print("Hello, World!")
} else {
    var n = Process.arguments.count - 1

    for s in Process.arguments[1...n] {
        print("Hello, \(s)!")

That took longer than you might expect and it’s still pretty clumsy (there must be a better way to iterate through the arguments than that), but it works.

$ ./build/Ninja-ReleaseAssert/swift-linux-x86_64/bin/swiftc hello.swift

$ ./hello
Hello, World!

$ ./hello Hank Dean Brock
Hello, Hank!
Hello, Dean!
Hello, Brock!

I don’t know if the world needs yet another class-based object-oriented programming language right now, but this one doesn’t seem half bad…and better open than closed!

Hello, Swift!