# [swift-evolution] [swift-evolution-announce] [Review] SE-0024 "Optional Value Setter `??=`"

James Campbell james at supmenow.com
Tue Feb 16 08:18:41 CST 2016

```Granted it may be confusing since other languages use the Or operator which reads better.
X ||= y
However I would argue that this operator has no choice but to use ??= Since it is a mirror for the ?? Operation.
Perhaps it would be better for the language if ?? Was actually || but this would be a small but big change and would belong in another proposal.
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On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 6:14 AM -0800, "Ross O'Brien via swift-evolution" <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

"y is assigned to x if x is nil" isÂ exactly what "x ??= y" means. If x is nil, x is assigned the value of y; if x is not nil, it doesn't matter what y is.
This is exactly consistent with the boolean operator ||= ; "x ||= y" means "y is assigned to x if x is false" - if x is false, x is assigned the value of y; if x is true, it doesn't matter what y is.)
Why do you think it means the opposite?

On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 1:24 PM, David Sweeris via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
-1, because in my mind, "x ??= y" kinda looks like "y is assigned to x iff y isn't nil", or, if you associate the ?? part with the lhs, "y is assigned to x if x is nil", neither of which is what the proposed operator means. In fact, the 2nd case is the *opposite* of what ??= means in this proposal.
To be clear, it's the syntax that I'm opposed to, not the concept.
- Dave Sweeris
On Feb 12, 2016, at 23:15, Douglas Gregor <dgregor at apple.com> wrote:

Hello Swift community,

The review of SE-0024 "Optional Value Setter `??=`" begins now and runs through February 18, 2016. The proposal is available here:https://github.com/apple/swift-evolution/blob/master/proposals/0024-optional-value-setter.md

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