NSSpain 2016: Developing App-Backends with Swift on the Server

NSSpain 2016: Developing App-Backends with Swift on the Server

Swift on Linux & FreeBSD will allow app developers to write their backend in Swift while re-using existing application code, such as models or utilities. This talk will give an overview and a concrete example of running Swift on a web server.

Swift on the server, that's a new option now that open source Swift is available for Linux and FreeBSD. Not only will this extend the possibilities and reach of Swift, it will also allow app developers to write their backend in Swift while re-using existing application code, such as models or utilities. This talk will first introduce general server development and highlight key differences to app development. We will then discuss the current state of web frameworks available for Swift and assess their performance. Here, we will also see which frameworks are best for certain use cases. Furthermore we will list restrictions, such as only using Foundation & libdispatch, in order to allow the sharing of our code between Swift and Linux. Finally, a concrete backend REST service will be implemented based on an already existing app / model.

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Benedikt Terhechte

September 15, 2016
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