[swift-evolution] [Review] Replace `typealias` keyword with `associatedtype` for associated type declarations

Matt Whiteside mwhiteside.dev at gmail.com
Mon Jan 4 11:47:49 CST 2016

> On Jan 2, 2016, at 22:38, Douglas Gregor via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> 	* What is your evaluation of the proposal?
Taking an example from the swift source to compare an alternative, `type`, we have

public protocol _CollectionWrapperType : _SequenceWrapperType {
    associatedtype Base : CollectionType
    associatedtype Index : ForwardIndexType = Self.Base.Index


public protocol _CollectionWrapperType : _SequenceWrapperType {
    type Base : CollectionType
    type Index : ForwardIndexType = Self.Base.Index

I think the version with `associatedtype` is a bit verbose, but that doesn’t seem like a big problem.  It might read a little more clearly as well.  I wouldn’t be unhappy with either of these alternatives, but `associatedtype` seems like a good choice.

> 	* Is the problem being addressed significant enough to warrant a change to Swift?
Yes.  I think it `typealias` should be used only as the swift equivalent of a C typedef.

> 	* Does this proposal fit well with the feel and direction of Swift?
Yes, because we want to improve readability and understandability.

> 	* If you have you used other languages or libraries with a similar feature, how do you feel that this proposal compares to those?
I haven’t used another language with this feature.

> 	* How much effort did you put into your review? A glance, a quick reading, or an in-depth study?
In depth study.

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