[swift-evolution] swift-evolution Digest, Vol 3, Issue 7

Dave Abrahams dabrahams at apple.com
Wed Feb 3 18:30:36 CST 2016

on Wed Feb 03 2016, Andrew Duncan <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> On 2 Feb, 2016, at 8:41, dabrahams at apple.com wrote:
>>> * I also agree with Radosław in that I prefer `removeAll(keepCapacity:
>>> Bool)` to `removeAll(keepingCapacity: Bool)`.
>> Why?
>> I had a hard time justifying "keeping" to myself for a while, but
>> eventually I realized that this pattern is less ambiguous, at least in
>> general, since many verbs are also nouns.
>                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> This is one of my real bugbears. I think we should call this out
> explicitly somewhere in the guidelines. Consider something like
> “updatePostThread”. (This does come from real life, and occasioned
> some bad words.) All three words: “update”, “post”, and “thread” are
> *both* noun and verb. This means that (theoretically) there could be 8
> different interpretations.
> I suggest a guideline that recommends avoiding verb-noun words in
> favor of ones that are only a noun or only a verb.

I'm really wary of calling out every possible source of ambiguity in the
guidelines, but this one might fit well into the “Special Instructions”


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