Origin of Swift name


(Richard Yeh) #1

How did Swift come to be named? What were other potential names that were
discarded?

Cordially,
Richard


(Joe Groff) #2

Chris started the project at the height of the Occupy movement. It was his small rebellion against the banking establishment to make "Swift code" an ambiguous term.

-Joe

(PS this is a joke)

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On Jan 18, 2016, at 1:09 PM, Richard Yeh via swift-users <swift-users@swift.org> wrote:

How did Swift come to be named? What were other potential names that were discarded?


(Joshua Scott Emmons) #3

How did Swift come to be named?

I'm not in a position to know, but I'd always assumed it was because not only are Swifts among the fastest birds on the planet, but they're also very economical fliers, able to make tiny adjustments to the structure of their wings to optimize each beat.

They also have great "up time". An Alpine Swift currently holds the record for longest sustained non-stop flight by any bird — over 200 days!

Cheers,
-jemmons


(Erica Sadun) #4

I believe it went something like "Someone come up with a name and make it fast"

Speedy and quick are both crappy names for programming languages.

If they hadn't gone with Swift, I'm sure we'd be programming in Rapid.

-- E

p.s. yeah, mine too.

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On Jan 18, 2016, at 2:09 PM, Richard Yeh via swift-users <swift-users@swift.org> wrote:

How did Swift come to be named? What were other potential names that were discarded?

Cordially,
Richard
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(Greg Parker) #5

Chris secretly writes Tom Swift fan fiction. "Tom Swift and His New Programming Language" is his favorite.

(PS this is also a joke)

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On Jan 19, 2016, at 1:24 PM, Joe Groff via swift-users <swift-users@swift.org> wrote:

On Jan 18, 2016, at 1:09 PM, Richard Yeh via swift-users <swift-users@swift.org> wrote:

How did Swift come to be named? What were other potential names that were discarded?

Chris started the project at the height of the Occupy movement. It was his small rebellion against the banking establishment to make "Swift code" an ambiguous term.

(PS this is a joke)

--
Greg Parker gparker@apple.com Runtime Wrangler