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Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good

Michael Wojcik Silver badge

Re: Can anyone decipher the patents?

My impression from skimming the claims:

1. A programming language which includes C-compatible constructs, and other constructs which are not compatible with C.

2. A first-stage compiler which splits a given source unit into the C and non-C code.

3. A second stage which compiles the C and non-C in parallel, using appropriate sub-compilers.

4. Linking the sucker back together, with certain restrictions on what the C code is allowed to do (in particular, not fuck with the stuff protected by the constructs of the non-C).

Ho and hum.

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