[swift-evolution] NSRange and Range
dgregor at apple.com
Tue May 10 01:29:16 CDT 2016
> On May 9, 2016, at 11:23 PM, David Hart <david at hartbit.com> wrote:
> Why wouldn't it completely eliminate NSRange?
Because NSRange has a different representation than Range<Int> (start+length vs. start/end), a pointer-to-NSRange has to come in as Unsafe(Mutable)Pointer<NSRange> rather than Unsafe(Mutable)Pointer<Range<Int>>. It’s the same reason that (e.g.), an NSArray** parameter comes in as UnsafeMutablePointer<NSArray> rather than UnsafeMutablePointer<[AnyObject]>.
> Are you thinking of NSNotFound? Could we migrate those APIs to return an Optional Range<Int>?
If you had annotations on the APIs to say that they use NSNotFound as a sentinel, yes.
>> On 10 May 2016, at 05:49, Douglas Gregor <dgregor at apple.com> wrote:
>>> On May 8, 2016, at 2:10 PM, David Hart via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>>> Hello Swift-Evolution,
>>> I spent some time coding on Linux with Swift 3 (latest developement snapshot) and corelibs-foundation and I’ve hit one major hurdle: passing and converting NSRange and Range around between the different stdlib and Foundation APIs - specifically in regards to String.
>>> Is there a plan to simplify those pain points by converting all corelibs-foundation APIs to accept/return Range on String instead of NSRange? In that case, can’t we get rid of NSRange completely?
>> One idea that had come up before was to bridge NSRange to Range<Int>, although it wouldn’t completely eliminate NSRange because the two types are not representationally identical.
>> - Doug
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