[swift-evolution] Proposal: Add SequenceType.first

Kevin Ballard kevin at sb.org
Thu Dec 31 18:19:16 CST 2015

I've submitted a proposal to the ML for BufferedSequence / BufferedGenerator as https://lists.swift.org/pipermail/swift-evolution/Week-of-Mon-20151228/005010.html. I kept the name "peek" for the method because, as mentioned in that email, there's plenty of precedent for it.

-Kevin Ballard

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On Thu, Dec 31, 2015, at 02:03 PM, Dave Abrahams wrote:
>>> I suggest you consider adding a BufferedSequence<Base: SequenceType>
>>> that has a stable first property (at least until it is iterated)
>> Good idea, though I'd probably call it PeekSequence because it would
>> only buffer a single element (and BufferedSequence sounds like it's
>> got an arbitrary-sized buffer). Perhaps more useful would be the
>> associated PeekGenerator, because peek() is a useful thing to have
>> when writing custom generator-using code.
> The size of the buffer is an implementation detail, and I don’t find
> “peek” descriptive.
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