I started This Week in Swift for selfish reasons. In July 2014, Swift was still in Beta, Playgrounds would crash after only 100 lines of code, and we were all still super confused about Optionals. With a brand new language to learn, one that was undergoing so many changes all the time, I started the newsletter to help me learn from anyone who was willing to test-drive Swift.
It has been amazing to all be beginners together! Traveling around the world, speaking and hosting try! Swift, I had met many of you and heard your amazing stories. There were some who got jobs as a result of reading This Week in Swift, others who simply used it to learn, and others who got inspired and created open source projects to contribute back to the community.
150 This Week in Swift issues and 20,000+ subscribers later, Swift is being adopted by most new iOS projects, it is being integrated into the old projects, it is used to build web applications, it has been open sourced, StackOverflow is now full of answers to iOS questions in Swift, and more importantly, Swift has begun to highly stabilize, with ABI stability only 1.0 version away! We have built a strong community which has grown together, learning together along the way, with new and amazing developers joining every day.
With this good news about the current and future state of Swift, This Week in Swift is not as useful as it has once been. There is still more to learn, more ideas coming up every day to learn from, and changes still coming, but these are small in comparison to the rollercoaster we have all experienced over the past 3.5 years. You already have everything you need out there to start and succeed in Swift.
The last issue of This Week in Swift went out on November 26th. At that time, I was not sure whether it was the last issue, but after reflecting on it during the holidays, I have decided that it is indeed the best time to end it and focus my limited time on other endeavors. I can only hope that my future projects are as helpful and impactful as This Week in Swift has been.
It has been an honor to be part of your inbox every Monday. Thank you for reading!