[swift-server-dev] Server APIs Project - next steps

Chris Bailey BAILEYC at uk.ibm.com
Tue Nov 1 11:11:03 CDT 2016

Since announcing the Server APIs project and work group only one week ago 
we seen a considerable amount of early interest. There are now over 30 
people signed up in addition to the steering team, and some health 
discussion has started on the mailing list.

One question that's been raised more than once is: Ok, there's a project 
page and a work group, but what happens next?

The Server APIs Project pages outlined three initial focus areas: Base 
Networking, Security and Encryption, and HTTP and WebSockets. For each of 
these areas we'll be forming a sub-team whose initial task is to building 
a Swift Evolution "Pitch". This means collating requirements from the 
community around function, capability, and usage models, alongside 
evaluating available technologies like C libraries that could be used to 
help implement low level function, or existing Swift packages that ideas 
could be borrowed from, to form a high level sketch of the capabilities 
that the APIs would implement and an overview of how they would be 
implemented. Based on feedback from the community, the iterative process 
of prototyping and development can then begin. The Development Process is 
documented in more detail on the Server APIs Project page on Swift.org.

Over the next few days we'll start to schedule kick-off meetings for each 
of the sub-teams. We'll be using Doodle polls to try to schedule a time 
that works for most participants. Obviously what ever day/time it ends up 
being, there will be some people that cannot make it - don't worry though, 
we'll be publishing the agenda (along with a request for agenda items) and 
a full set of minutes on GitHub. 

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