[swift-evolution] ed/ing, InPlace, Set/SetAlgebra naming resolution

Xiaodi Wu xiaodi.wu at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 12:09:43 CST 2016

MHO: +1 on the intention of using less unwieldy names, but -1 on the
specific solution. I fear that the current solution has some inexplicable
inconsistencies and some Englishing which verges, again MHO, on
Hungarianisms that others have mentioned are to be explicitly avoided.

For example, why is it intersection() but unioning()? Surely it should be
either intersecting() and unioning() or intersection() and union()? Also, I
understand that there's precedent elsewhere and that uniting() is not a
good counterpart to union(), but unioning() is a pretty unsavory mangling
of the noun. And then we have exclusiveOring(), which is just not English.

Could I propose an alternative that just came to mind? Reading about set
algebra methods called to mind math class way back when. We'd say things
like "take the derivative," "take the union," etc., which seems to me to
imply an operation that is not in-place. "Take" is almost as short as
"-ion" and "-ing" and might be more universally usable without mangling
words: takeUnion(), takeExclusiveOr(), etc. It also has the advantage of
calling to mind "make", which implies something constructor-like and thus
not in-place.
On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 11:38 AM Dave Abrahams via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> Hi All,
> The API guidelines working group took up the issue of the InPlace suffix
> yesterday, and decided that it was not to be used anywhere in the
> standard library.  We are planning to apply the changes shown here
> <https://gist.github.com/dabrahams/d872556291a3cb797bd5> to the API of
> SetAlgebra (and consequently Set) to make it conform to the guidelines
> under development.
> Comments welcome as usual,
> --
> -Dave
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