[swift-evolution] deployment targets and frameworks

Douglas Gregor dgregor at apple.com
Wed Apr 6 11:58:09 CDT 2016

> On Apr 5, 2016, at 4:04 PM, Drew Crawford <drew at sealedabstract.com> wrote:
>> On Apr 5, 2016, at 12:06 PM, Douglas Gregor <dgregor at apple.com <mailto:dgregor at apple.com>> wrote:
>> I would not want this to be implicit behavior: it should be recorded in the source with, e.g.,
>> 	@availability(iOS: 9.3) import YourCustomFramework
>> so that it is clear that the imported declarations are only available on iOS 9.3 or newer.
>> 	- Doug
> Would you promote using this syntax for the Apple frameworks as well?

> A major goal for me is syntax consistency between Apple's and third-party frameworks.  That way the knowledge of how to use one transfers to the other, and we ensure people with fresh ideas about how to build frameworks are not burdened with educating application developers about "novel" import syntax.

Apple frameworks tend to have ail their various classes and other APIs annotated with availability attributes, so I wouldn’t expect to need this import syntax for any of those. Really, this syntax is a shorthand for “treat the imported library as if the author had put this availability annotation on all of its public APIs”. If your goal is consistency between Apple frameworks and other frameworks, I don’t think this is the way to go.

	- Doug

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