[swift-evolution] [Review] SE-0084: Allow trailing commas in parameter lists and tuples
jgroff at apple.com
Wed May 11 11:47:57 CDT 2016
> On May 10, 2016, at 11:53 AM, Chris Lattner via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
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+1 from me. We should be consistent in either accepting or rejecting trailing commas everywhere we have comma-delimited syntax. I'm in favor of accepting it, since it's popular in languages where it's supported to enable a minimal-diff style, so that changes to code don't impact neighboring lines for purely syntactic reasons. If you add an argument to a function, without trailing comma support, a comma has to be added to dirty the previous line:
- y: 1
+ y: 1,
+ z: 2
Trailing commas avoid this:
+ z: 2,
In languages that don't support trailing commas, many users resort to the abomination of leading-comma style, strangely popular in Haskell and related languages:
foo( x: 0
, y: 1
+ , z: 2
I think the trailing-comma syntax jives much better with Swift style.
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