Community Proposal: "This Week In Swift" newsletter


(John Muchow) #1

I can certainly see where a dedicated newsletter would be ideal if the
objective is a detailed look at the week's activity.

On the other hand, if an overview in bullet form would be of interest, I
would certainly be willing to include a section in the weekly open source
newsletter I've been publishing. An example of the format of a bulleted
list is shown near the bottom of newsletter below:

http://swiftsandbox.io/issues/1

(This isn't intended to be a plug for the newsletter; it's just an offer to
help.)

John

During the development of Rust prior to v1.0, one of the things that

really helped with keeping up with changes (both in the language and in the
stdlib) was Corey Richardson's weekly newsletter/blog titled This Week In
Rust. Since 1.0, that was actually turned into its own website at
https://this-week-in-rust.org and appears to still be going strong
(although I assume someone else has taken over responsibility at this
point).

What Corey did with This Week In Rust was he went through all the pull

requests that were merged in the past week, found the "important" ones, and
compiled a list of one-line summaries that linked to each PR in question.
He made sure to call out any breaking changes (this was pre-1.0 so there
were breaking changes almost every week) as well as anything that seemed
like it would be of interest to people looking for a weekly summary. He
also listed RFCs (Rust's equivalent for our swift-evolution proposals) as
well as any interesting news from the community (such as new projects or
libraries). This weekly newsletter was posted on his blog and also posted
on the Rust mailing list. I'm really not sure where he got all the time to
do this (I believe he was studying at University at the time), and I don't
know how much time it actually took, but it was widely regarded as being
extremely helpful.

I'd really love to see someone with enough time on their hands start up

something similar for Swift. This would include interesting or important
changes to the language/stdlib as well as news about proposals (e.g.
newly-submitted ones, ones up for review in the coming week, the
accepted/rejected resolution of them, and finally news about when
implementations get merged in). Ideally, Apple would actually pay someone
to do this, but I suspect it's unlikely that there's anyone involved with
Swift at Apple that has the time for something like this. And of course I
don't have time for this myself (that's why I want the newsletter, so I can
make sure I don't miss anything important!).

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On Dec 22, 2015, at 10:29 PM, Kevin Ballard via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

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