[swift-evolution] [Review] SE-0065 A New Model for Collections and Indices

Dave Abrahams dabrahams at apple.com
Wed Apr 13 14:57:34 CDT 2016

on Wed Apr 13 2016, Dave Abrahams <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

>> Reverse is the best opposite we have of advance, so it makes sense to
>> me. 
> Oh, I get it.
>> Or we could use retreat. =) There are other pairs of words that work
>> as well, like “increment/decrement”. 
> Yeah, unfortunately those carry an incorrect implication when the
> indices are numbers, because, e.g. the collection might be offsetting
> the number by 2 for each position.  One could of course argue that using
> numbers that way as indices was a bad design choice.
> I'll have to think about that idea again.  We considered and rejected it
> for a reason, but it might not be a really strong one.  Thanks for
> bringing it up.

...and having talked it over at lunch, now I remember why we rejected
it: there's no good way to make a nonmutating version.

  let x = c.incremented(i)   // reads like an assertion about the past
  let y = c.incrementing(i)  // reads like it has side-effects and returns c, or
                             // a new version of c

APIs where the receiver returns a modified version of an argument don't
lend themselves to verb forms.


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