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Apple’s Swift language gets a new supporter: Facebook-owned Parse

Apple’s Swift programming language has a new fan.

Parse, which hosts backend services for app developers, now supports Apple’s new programming language, the company announced today.

“Here at Parse, we’re really excited about Swift, because it brings a whole host of new language features to iOS and OS X development,” Fosco Marotto, a Parse software engineer, wrote in a blog post.

“Swift’s type inference will save developers a ton of typing. And generics will reduce runtime errors by giving us strongly-typed collections.”

Swift is compatible with existing Objective-C libraries, including third-party libraries like Parse.

Facebook acquired Parse in April 2013, pushing its way into the world of mobile development — and marking its entry into the world of paid B2B services.

To learn how to use the Parse framework in your Swift project, check out this detailed set of instructions on Stackoverflow. To learn more about Swift, check out software engineer Sam Soffes’ take on the new programming language.

More information:

Apple designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company's best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple software includes t... read more »

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1.15 billion monthly active users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 w... read more »

Parse is the cloud app platform for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android, JavaScript, and OS X. With Parse, you can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured mobile or web app in record time without ... read more »

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