[swift-evolution] [Review] SE-0059: Update API Naming Guidelines and Rewrite Set APIs Accordingly

Howard Lovatt howard.lovatt at gmail.com
Mon Apr 4 01:20:43 CDT 2016

Looking at other languages:

   1. A Java like API would be:
      - mutating func remove(T) -> Void
      - mutating func remove<S: SequenceType ...>(all: S) -> Void
      - func removed(T) -> Self
      - func removed<S...>(all: S) -> Self
      - Similarly for retain and add
      2. In Scala they primarily use operators, so a Scala like API would
      - func -=(inout Self, T) -> Void
      - func -=<S: SequenceType ...>(inout Self, S) -> Void
      - func -(T) -> Self
      - func -<S...>(all: S) -> Self
      - Similarly for & and +

Either of these naming patterns seems better than those proposed :(.

  -- Howard.

On 4 April 2016 at 15:49, Thorsten Seitz via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> I think Michel and Shawn did raise some good points here.
> -Thorsten
> Am 03.04.2016 um 22:27 schrieb Shawn Erickson via swift-evolution <
> swift-evolution at swift.org>:
> On Sun, Apr 3, 2016 at 6:41 AM Michel Fortin via swift-evolution <
> swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>> > What is your evaluation of the proposal?
>> I don't like "form" as a prefix. To me there is no difference between
>> `union` and `formUnion`: both sounds functional-style, and actually the
>> second one perhaps a bit more to my ears. There's basically two dictionary
>> definitions of "form":
>> 1. "bring together parts or combine to create (something)" which to me
>> implies a new value is created, and
>> 2. "make or fashion into a certain shape or form" which would imply that
>> the material you start with is transformed, which is apparently the
>> intended meaning and also the reverse meaning from the above.
>> I mean, doesn't this make sense as an API?
>>         let donut = baker.formDonut(dough) // non-mutating
>> Perhaps instead of "form" we could use "become" as a prefix when the
>> operation is naturally described by a noun. That would seem less ambiguous
>> to me:
>>         a.becomeUnion(b)
>>         a.becomeIntersection(b)
>>         a.becomeSuccessor(b)
>> It's a bit passive, but I find it fits well when the operation is a noun.
>> And there's no way the term lends itself to non-mutating cases without
>> things becoming nonsensical:
>>         let donut = baker.becomeDonut(dough) // non-mutating?
> I also am having difficulty coming to terms with the use of "form" (I am a
> native English speaker). As you note "form" can imply the creation of
> something from parts (more like assembling a new thing) as well as the
> creation of something out of a material say a of block clay (more like
> molding something out of an existing thing). It doesn't seem clear cut to
> me to imply in place mutation.
> Additionally my eyes / brain keep seeing "from" instead of "form". This
> type of issue is generally true with any short word made up of the same set
> of letters (made worse since "from" is more common in programming then
> "form"). The mind quickly narrows in on a set of possible words given the
> letters we see and then uses context to help get the correct one and/or
> additional visual parsing to understand the exact ordering of letters (more
> energy expended). Anyway since I keep seeing "from" instead of "form" I
> keep going in the direction of thinking it returns something made from the
> two (or more) items involved (not really sure why "from" goes that
> direction in my head, it could also go the in place direction).
> I would prefer something other then "form" (note I just typed "from" by
> mistake)... I think your suggestion of "become" has merit.
> y.becomeUnion(x) --reads to me as--> "y become union with x"
> y.formUnion(x) --read to me as--> "y from oops... y forming a union of x"
> y.becomeIntersection(x) --reads to me as--> "y become intersection with x"
> y.formIntersection(x) --read to me as--> "y from oops... y forming an
> intersection with x"
> In the "forming" situations it – to me – is ambiguous on if that is in
> place or not. To me it implies more of giving something new back.
> I am -1 on "form" aspect of this proposal. ...of course things are
> learnable as long as things are fairly consistent and not to far out of the
> norm for typical language use. Personally I don't see "form" as that
> typical in English.
> -Shawn
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