[swift-evolution] [Proposal] Use inout at function call sites

Dmitri Gribenko gribozavr at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 16:49:39 CST 2016

On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 2:44 PM, Trent Nadeau via swift-evolution
<swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> The `&` prefix operator is a holdover from C where it is usually read as
> "address of" and creates a pointer. While very useful in C due to its
> pervasive use of pointers, its meaning is not the same

Since there is an implicit conversion from &x expression to
UnsafePointer (for C interop), I have seen so many times people write
buggy code with the & operator, assuming that it is returning a stable
inner pointer to the data structure, like in C.  I don't have a
preference for the replacement, but I strongly believe that & is the
wrong way to spell this operation, because of the strong (and wrong!)
connection with C syntax that people tend to make.  'inout' keyword at
the call site sounds like a fine replacement to me.


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