Swift 之父 Chris Lattner 将从 Apple 离职,你怎么看?

1 月 10 日,Swift 编程语言之父 Chris Lattner 在 swift-evolution 邮件列表中宣布,他将于本月底离开 Apple,Ted Kremenek 将接替他成为 Swift 项目的领导者。

Chris Lattner 在 UIUC 读博的时候,发起了 LLVM 项目。2005 年加入 Apple,发起了 Clang 项目。在他的努力之下,Clang 代替 gcc 成为 Mac OS、FreeBSD 等平台的默认编译器。LLVM 也已经成为很多新的编译项目后端的不二之选,比如 Rust 的后端就是用的 LLVM。

2010 年 7 月,Chris 开始着手 Swift 编程语言的设计工作,用一年时间奠定了基本架构。后来他又领导一个团队投入到 Swift 的研发中。2014 年 6 月,Apple 在 WWDC 上正式对外宣布了 Swift 语言。2015 年 12 月 3 日, Apple 宣布开源 Swift。

附: Chris 邮件全文

Since Apple launched Swift at WWDC 2014, the Swift team has worked closely with our developer community.  When we made Swift open source and launched Swift.org we put a lot of effort into defining a strong community structure.  This structure has enabled Apple and the amazingly vibrant Swift community to work together to evolve Swift into a powerful, mature language powering software used by hundreds of millions of people.

I’m happy to announce that Ted Kremenek will be taking over for me as “Project Lead” for the Swift project, managing the administrative and leadership responsibility for Swift.org.  This recognizes the incredible effort he has already been putting into the project, and reflects a decision I’ve made to leave Apple later this month to pursue an opportunity in another space.  This decision wasn't made lightly, and I want you all to know that I’m still completely committed to Swift.  I plan to remain an active member of the Swift Core Team, as well as a contributor to the swift-evolution mailing list.

Working with many phenomenal teams at Apple to launch Swift has been a unique life experience.  Apple is a truly amazing place to be able to assemble the skills, imagination, and discipline to pull something like this off.  Swift is in great shape today, and Swift 4 will be a really strong release with Ted as the Project Lead. 

Note that this isn’t a change to the structure - just to who sits in which role - so we don’t expect it to impact day-to-day operations in the Swift Core Team in any significant way.  Ted and I wanted to let you know what is happening as a part of our commitment to keeping the structure of Swift.org transparent to our community.