Tag Archive for ‘Open Source’

Open Source Plans for Vesper ➝

Brent Simmons:

Q Branch’s existing open source code — DB5 and QSKit — will be moved to my personal GitHub account. I will continue to maintain DB5 (I continue to use it). QSKit will not be maintained, but will be made available as historical artifact.

We will make Vesper for iOS, Vesper for Mac, and Vesper’s JavaScript sync service open source on my personal GitHub account. This code will also be provided as historical artifacts: they’re not intended as active projects. They’re also not intended as examples of how to write apps these days.

It’s incredibly sad that the folks at Q Branch weren’t able to find success with Vesper. But I have hope that someone will pick up where they left off and build something great with the open sourced code.

Swift is Now Open Source ➝

From Swift.org:

We are excited by this new chapter in the story of Swift. After Apple unveiled the Swift programming language, it quickly became one of the fastest growing languages in history. Swift makes it easy to write software that is incredibly fast and safe by design. Now that Swift is open source, you can help make the best general purpose programming language available everywhere.

Also see, ArsTechnica’s interview with Craig Federighi.

Apple to Open Source Swift Later This Year ➝

The announcement that Swift would be open source received the largest cheers and applause of the whole keynote. I think the presentation as a whole would have been more well received if they saved this for the end. Imagine if the event was structured as follows — El Capitan, watchOS, Music, iOS 9 with the mention of Swift going open source at the conclusion. My guess, Apple had no idea the Music segment would fall so flat.

Google Acquires AppJet ➝


Google has acquired AppJet, the makers of EtherPad. EtherPad is a “realtime collaborative text editing” service.

Google originally planned to just close EtherPad’s doors but after AppJet heared feedback from their users they have decided to continue running EtherPad until the source code could be released.

We are working with the Google Wave team to get all EtherPad users a chance to try out the Google Wave preview within the next couple of weeks. We do realize (as does the Google Wave team) that Wave doesn’t yet have all the functionality you rely on, and isn’t yet as mature as EtherPad. We are confident that in the long term you will be really happy with Google Wave, though. That’s why we decided to join them!

I had never heard of EtherPad before this announcement but it seems like the perfect fit for Google Wave. I still don’t plan on using Wave but I hope that this acquisition will bring a great product to those who do use it.

Update 12/20/09: EtherPad is now open source, visit the Google Code page for more information.