[swift-evolution] mutating/non-mutating suggestion from a Rubyist
tvermeulen at me.com
Sun Apr 24 09:49:41 CDT 2016
> The whole naming issue seems to be caused by the .union(_:) function. The Swift Guidelines say that mutating functions should use a verb, and non-mutating forms should use a noun, but in this case, the word union itself is a verb and a noun.
> Have we considered this, then:
> a.union(b) //mutating
> _ = a.union(b) //non-mutating
> There is no ambiguity in most situations, and the fact the Swift compiler can't disambiguate this at the moment is a bug I'd like to see fixed in the Swift 3 timeframe. I think this wouldn't be such a bad compromise, and other functions could still use the standard -ed/-ing system alongside this without the API looking inconsistent, unlike with the form- prefix.
> Admittedly, there is merit to the idea that functional methods should make non-mutating forms the primary form, but I feel like we should figure out what our stance is on this methodology in general. A mention in the Guidelines one way or the other would be nice, since the current rules seem to support this.
> > From James F
Can’t we do this for every mutating method? i.e.
var numbers = [1,3,2]
let sorted = numbers.sort()
// sorted is [1,2,3], numbers is [1,3,2]
// numbers is [1,2,3]
I suppose this would require that the mutating version doesn’t return anything, and I don’t know if that’s ever a problem.
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