[swift-evolution] [pitch] Eliminate the "T1 -> T2" syntax, require "(T1) -> T2"
clattner at apple.com
Thu Apr 14 23:57:56 CDT 2016
We currently accept function type syntax without parentheses, like:
Int -> Float
String -> ()
etc. The original rationale aligned with the fact that we wanted to treat all functions as taking a single parameter (which was often of tuple type) and producing a tuple value (which was sometimes a tuple, in the case of void and multiple return values). However, we’ve long since moved on from that early design point: there are a number of things that you can only do in a parameter list now (varargs, default args, etc), implicit tuple splat has been removed, and the compiler has long ago stopped modeling function parameters this way. Beyond that, it eliminates one potential style war.
Given all this, I think it makes sense to go for syntactic uniformity between parameter list and function types, and just require parenthesis on the argument list. The types above can be trivially written as:
(Int) -> Float
(String) -> ()
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