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

Erica Sadun erica at ericasadun.com
Thu Feb 11 17:20:40 CST 2016

> On Feb 11, 2016, at 4:17 PM, Dave Abrahams <dabrahams at apple.com> wrote:
> For the record, I do not feel at all confident anything like this will
> end up in swift.  This feature was proposed back in 2013, before Swift
> was released, eventually accepted then not implemented because we were
> out of time, then revised, then re-accepted and implemented, then ripped
> out of the compiler because of various concerns about what it does to
> the shape of the language (e.g. is this just a second version of
> “mutating?”  What about classes?).  Based on history, I don't think it's
> a sure bet, and I personally may be out of energy and time to fight for
> it.  But we'll have to see...

Using foo and fooInPlace is obvious, understandable, and easy. As a suffix, it perfectly communicates the difference between a mutating and non-mutating version, and doesn't involve anything on the level of gerunds, past participles, pluperfects, prozac, or anything like that.

-- E

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