I wanted to take a brief moment to give you an update on the status of Silver, our Swift compiler for .NET, Java/Android and Cocoa.
First of all, thank you again for trying out Silver. Interest in the compiler has been tremendous, with over 1600 people using the beta now. We could not be more thrilled.
Things have really been coming together over the last weeks and the past few weekly beta drops – the beta we shipped last Friday (build .1727) is really solid.
We’re ready for the next step, so this coming week we are planning to promote the current codebase to our lockdown/gamma branches. That means we’ll start preparing to ship based on this codebase, allowing only the most critical and stability-focused fixes to go into the branch between now and when we officially ship “Elements 8.1” (which will include updates to Oxygene and C#, as well as the first official “RTM” release of Silver).
We expect the next build you see to be a Gamma build, and hope to have the “master” Elements 8.1 release with you and all Elements users before the end of April.
Of course, even as we lock down for 8.1, work is already ongoing for the next releases as well, and we’ll make beta versions of that available, too.
Help Us Make Silver a Reality
If you like Silver and what we are doing, and would like to support our efforts, I would like to once again ask you to consider helping us out with a small (or large, if you prefer) financial contribution via the links here, or by purchasing a full Elements 8 license (which will give you all the great features of Silver using the C# and Oxygene languages, as well) here.
Silver is and will be free to use at no charge by everybody – that includes the command line compiler and the full IDE experience in Visual Studio and Fire. Your contributions help us finance the continued development of Silver and all of Elements, and enable us to make it available for free to everybody who wants it.
So, thank you again for your interest in Silver, and for taking the time to read this. We really appreciate your thoughts and feedback on Silver (and all of Elements), so please do not hesitate to contact us and let us now, via email or on the Talk forums.
Like you, we are very much looking forward to and excited about the upcoming release.