[swift-evolution] [Pitch] Adding a Self type name shortcut for static member access

Timothy Wood tjw at me.com
Tue Apr 5 17:17:24 CDT 2016

> On Apr 5, 2016, at 3:04 PM, Joe Groff via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> What you're describing should be spelled `Self`, IMO. I think Tim intended `#Self` to mean the *static* type the code is declared inside (which is the same as Self unless you're in a class).

Yes, that is what I was aiming for. `#Self` would be a pretty much textual replacement just like #file, etc. That is, I could imaging it being used in a bunch of cases (not useful here, but just intending to enumerate the possible uses I see):

class Foo {
	static let myClass: #Self.Type = #Self.self
	static let anInstance: #Self = #Self()

	static let defaultState = …

	var state = #Self.defaultState	

The extra bit I was suggesting for allowing passing it in as a default argument like #file is for assert/precondition would be useful to me too:

func globalFunc<SomeType: SomeProtocol>(callerType: SomeType.Type = #Self.self, …)

which would only be callable inside a class/struct/enum context that conformed to SomeProtocol (unless you explicitly passed a callerType that met the requirements, of course). I’ve no idea if this latter bit is hard enough or controversial enough to be its own proposal =)


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