[swift-evolution] Proposal: Python's indexing and slicing

Kevin Ballard kevin at sb.org
Tue Dec 22 23:12:08 CST 2015

Oh that's a good point, I hadn't thought of that. It makes sense to keep $abc reserved for the debugger. I don't believe LLDB tries to use a bare $ anywhere (although I could be wrong) so leaving that as a valid identifier should be fine.

-Kevin Ballard

On Tue, Dec 22, 2015, at 07:48 PM, Jordan Rose wrote:
> > On Dec 21, 2015, at 19:47 , Kevin Ballard via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> >  
> > On another note, I'm tempted to say that we should use $start and $end instead of $.start and $.end. The compiler doesn't currently allow this, because it expects a number after the $, but I see no reason why we can't relax that rule and allow $start to be a valid token. The benefit of this approach is it frees up $ to be used by third-party code (such as in the older thread about rebinding `self` for DSLs where I suggested that a block-based API can use $ as the parameter name so code would say something like `$.expect(foo).to(.equal(bar))`).
> Without commenting on the rest of this thread, the current rule is that identifiers starting with "$" are reserved for the debugger (not counting implicit closure args). We can change that rule, but the debugger folks won't be happy—the implicit variables you get from the REPL, for example, should stay short. I'm not sure if '$' itself falls under the current rule, though.
> Jordan

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