[swift-evolution] [Proposal] Make optional protocol methods first class citizens

Andrey Tarantsov andrey at tarantsov.com
Sun Apr 3 12:26:56 CDT 2016

> Some ideas I was thinking about for optional protocol functions was you’d declare it like this:
> protocol UIGestureRecognizerDelegate {
>  optional func gestureRecognizerShouldBegin(gestureRecognizer: UIGestureRecognizer) -> Bool = true
> }
> If you put “optional” there, the compiler would auto-generate an empty function in a protocol extension in your module as if you had specified one yourself. If the function has a return value, you would be required to specify the default return value in the protocol which provides automatic documentation of the default, too.

REALLY digging this. Strong +1.


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