[swift-evolution] [Pitch] Add overrides with UnsafePointer sources to non-destructive copying methods on UnsafeMutablePointer
jnosh at jnosh.com
Tue Feb 9 10:31:34 CST 2016
A proposal draft can be found here:
> On 03 Feb 2016, at 21:52, Félix Cloutier <felixcca at yahoo.ca> wrote:
> Looks reasonable to me.
>> Le 2 févr. 2016 à 19:50:50, Guillaume Lessard via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>> a écrit :
>>> On 2 févr. 2016, at 16:06, Janosch Hildebrand via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>> wrote:
>>> func assignBackwardFrom(source: UnsafeMutablePointer<Pointee>, count: Int)
>>> func assignFrom(source: UnsafeMutablePointer<Pointee>, count: Int)
>>> func initializeFrom(source: UnsafeMutablePointer<Pointee>, count: Int)
>>> Basically my proposal boils down to adding overloads for these methods to `UnsafeMutablePointer` that take `UnsafePointer` source arguments instead.
>> I agree with these; I have run into this situation as well.
>>> I also have a few related items that might make sense to discuss in tandem while we're talking about `UnsafePointer` and friends.
>>> * func distanceTo(x: Unsafe(Mutable)Pointer<Memory>) -> Int
>>> This is the only other method on `UnsafePointer` and `UnsafeMutablePointer` for which similar overloads might make sense. However, I cannot really see enough of a use case to justify adding overloads here. Also the current methods match protocol requirements whereas the overloads would not.
>> I don’t think this would makes sense. This method exists to support indexing within a single block of memory; overloading across types might encourage recklessness.
>> This being said, I’ve come to think the indexing operations should only exist on the Buffer wrappers to the UnsafePointer family.
>> Guillaume Lessard
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