[swift-evolution] Allow strengthening argument types in functions declared for protocol conformance

Terrence Katzenbaer tkatzenbaer at me.com
Wed Dec 16 13:43:59 CST 2015

Because APIs are designed to be generic, protocols that must be conformed generally use types like Object or other base classes for a given framework. This introduces type casting verbosity when implementing the protocol for a specific use. I would like to see the ability to strengthen argument types in functions declared for protocol conformance.

An example:
class Foo { }

class Bar: Foo { }

protocol FooDelegate {
    func didPerformSomeAction(object: Foo)

class FooController: FooDelegate {
    func didPerformSomeAction(var object: Foo) {
        // I know that object must be a Bar instance
        object = object as! Bar
        // do something with object

class ProposedFooController: FooDelegate { // Type 'ProposedFooController' does not conform to protocol 'FooDelegate'
    func didPerformSomeAction(object: Bar) {
        // do something with Bar instance

The glaring issue I see outright is how the runtime should fail when `didPerformSomeAction` in `ProposedFooController` is called with a non-Bar instance... But perhaps it /should/ fail outright because the programmer has explicitly stated that the type should be Bar.
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