Empower Apps

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In this episode, Leo talks with Tim Condon about Server-Side Swift and the Vapor Web Framework: how it fits into the development of an application now, why you’d choose it, and what it takes to get started.

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How does Vapor compare With other backends?

  • Why not use CloudKit or Firebase?
  • How does it compare to NodeJS, Ruby, .Net or PHP?
  • Limitation of various programming languages
  • Preferred Database Backend
  • What's the difference between Vapor and other Server-Side Swift backend frameworks?
  • What is the Server-Side Group and SwiftNIO?

Using Vapor Today

  • Is it ready for production?
  • What are some considerations a dev team should make?
  • What's the best way to get started?
  • What plugins are available? (Database, Authentication, Leaf, etc...)
  • What are differences with Swift on the server vs. the client?
  • How can you share code correctly between iOS and the server?

The Future of Vapor 4

  • What improvements are being made in Vapor 4?
  • How does SwiftNIO2 affect Vapor?
  • How does Swift 5 change the way database models work?
  • How has SwiftUI and Combine affected Vapor and the way HTML is rendered?

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What is Empower Apps?

An exploration of Apple business news and technology. We talk about how businesses can use new technology to empower their business and employees, from Leo Dion, founder of BrightDigit.