As you could guess from a lack of postings lately, I have been quite busy. The main effort has gone into a new kind of (web)server that would allow me to write websites in Swift.
Finally I have now gotten it to the point where this is now actually possible.
Swiftfire is the name of the project and it is hosted on github.
How does it work?
You can use function calls in HTML or CSS files that Swiftfire will replace with the result of that function call.
<p>This page has been accessed .nofPageHits() times<p>
<p>This page has been accessed 12744 times<p>
Assuming of course that the function "nofPageHits" has been implemented and registered with Swiftfire. (It has, because it is a build-in function)
Swiftfire is distributed as source code, allowing anybody to write their own functions, and thus allows anyone to develop entire websites in Swift.
Swiftfire uses only three hooks to allow anybody to extend its functionality:
1) Application Setup
2) Service registration
3) Function registration
The difference between Services and Functions is that functions work at the file level, and services work at the (HTTP) request level. Together they allow fully customization of the website.
As proud as I am on the current status of the project, I should point out that it is still in beta stadium. The foundation is in place, but now it needs fleshing out.
Still, if you want to create websites in Swift, head over to the swiftfire website for more information.
In case you were wondering, Swiftfire also supports HTTPS and multiple domains.
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