[swift-evolution] [Review] SE-0041: Updating Protocol Naming Conventions for Conversions

Tony Allevato allevato at google.com
Mon May 16 09:33:49 CDT 2016

On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 11:48 AM Chris Lattner via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> Hello Swift community,
> The review of "SE-0041: Updating Protocol Naming Conventions for
> Conversions" begins now and runs through May 16. The proposal is available
> here:
> https://github.com/apple/swift-evolution/blob/master/proposals/0041-conversion-protocol-conventions.md
> Reviews are an important part of the Swift evolution process. All reviews
> should be sent to the swift-evolution mailing list at
>         https://lists.swift.org/mailman/listinfo/swift-evolution
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> review manager.
> What goes into a review?
> The goal of the review process is to improve the proposal under review
> through constructive criticism and contribute to the direction of Swift.
> When writing your review, here are some questions you might want to answer
> in your review:
>         * What is your evaluation of the proposal?

+1 with the newly proposed Initializable/Representable names. Initializable
just fits perfectly with the fact that Swift has things called initializers
and is a vast improvement over Creatable. Representable to denote the other
direction makes sense compared to existing Cocoa APIs that use
*Representation in their name.

>         * Is the problem being addressed significant enough to warrant a
> change to Swift?

Yes. Many developers use stdlib as guidance when designing their own APIs
and having the standard library be internally consistent sets a good
example. These recommendations should also be hoisted into the API naming
guidelines documentation so that people can easily cite it, as opposed to
just saying "note the pattern that exists" (this is helpful when writing
team-specific style guides and for enforcing conventions in code reviews).

>         * Does this proposal fit well with the feel and direction of Swift?

Yes, it makes the language more consistent.

>         * If you have used other languages or libraries with a similar
> feature, how do you feel that this proposal compares to those?

None that handle conversions in this way using protocols.

>         * How much effort did you put into your review? A glance, a quick
> reading, or an in-depth study?

I read the proposal, the message with the updated names afterwards, and
loosely followed the e-mail threads.

> More information about the Swift evolution process is available at
>         https://github.com/apple/swift-evolution/blob/master/process.md
> Thank you,
> -Chris Lattner
> Review Manager
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