[swift-evolution] [SE-0011] Re-considering the replacement keyword for "typealias"

Ross O'Brien narrativium+swift at gmail.com
Tue Dec 22 19:21:24 CST 2015

I would much prefer one of the longer terms such as 'associatedtype' to
'type'. The simple reason why: I've been using a lot of generics for a
while and I still find it tricky. I want a term I can type into a search
engine and expect results for, and 'type's too common for that.

On Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 8:42 PM, Matt Whiteside via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> The fact that “associated type” is used throughout the documentation is
> worth making note of, but it could also be that some other replacement
> would make the concept more clear than it currently is in the documentation.
> Matt
> On Dec 22, 2015, at 09:30, Erica Sadun via swift-evolution <
> swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> The phrase "associated type" is used throughout the Swift Programming
> Language book, for example: "When defining a protocol, it is sometimes
> useful to declare one or more *associated types* as part of the
> protocol’s definition. An *associated type* gives a placeholder name (or
> alias) to a type that is used as part of the protocol. The actual type to
> use for that *associated type* is not specified until the protocol is
> adopted."
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