[swift-corelibs-dev] NSDecimal & NSDecimalNumber
phausler at apple.com
Fri Dec 11 09:45:13 CST 2015
NSDecimalNumber is mostly just a simple object wrapper for NSDecimal that interoperates with NSNumber so that seems like a pretty sensible approach ordering.
Since the goal of the swift-corelibs-foundation is to as closely match the current APIs of Foundation as possible (exclusions have been made where it just isn’t possible); so I would say that option 1 would be the more appropriate way to start off.
https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/NumbersandValues/Articles/DecimalNumbers.html might be a decent place to get a little bit of background; my suggestion however would be to write some really good unit tests to verify it’s behavior.
Eventually we would like to archive these things so keeping it the same structure is probably a good idea.
That all being said - NSDecimal itself seems reasonably suitable for a re-look from a swift perspective. NSDecimalAdd, NSDecimalSubtract etc all really would be more wonderful with operators and some instance methods/properties would be really useful as well. The implementation of NSDecimal and these additions are two different pieces and should be considered separately as well. In that any change that we make to diverge from usage immediately will not be directly usable on Mac OS X/iOS since we will have to work that into the foundation overlay and/or make modifications to the Foundation implementation for supporting any changes like that.
So in short: #1 is the suggested route for a pull request onto Foundation and #2 is a better route for a proposal for swift-evolution (specifically targeted at Foundation).
> On Dec 11, 2015, at 4:32 AM, Florian Reinhart via swift-corelibs-dev <swift-corelibs-dev at swift.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Is someone already working on NSDecimal and/or NSDecimalNumber? If not I would like to help and have a few questions on how to best tackle this.
> I think it’s best to start with NSDecimal and then use NSDecimal to create NSDecimalNumber. That’s why I want to concentrate on NSDecimal first. As far as I know there is no CF type we can utilize for NSDecimal and the existing interface is not Swift-like. I see two possible approaches here:
> We try to match the existing interface of NSDecimal as close as possible and only provide the same function interface with UnsafePointers all over the place
> We create a Swift-like version of the NSDecimal struct. This struct stores its data in private properties and exposes methods (add, multiply, etc.) and computed properties (isNaN, etc.). Additionally, to achieve compatibility with the existing Foundation NSDecimal, we provide the same functions that take NSDecimal pointers and internally use the methods of the Swift struct.
> What do you think?
> Unfortunately, I haven’t found a lot of documentation for NSDecimal, yet. Is there any documentation, which describes the NSDecimal functions?
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