[swift-evolution] Could enums have their rawValue type inferred?

Goffredo Marocchi panajev at gmail.com
Tue May 17 16:11:10 CDT 2016

Thanks Brent, this one is quite a keeper :). Concise and very friendly way of explaining RawRepresentable.

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On 17 May 2016, at 21:05, Brent Royal-Gordon via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

>> On the other hand: What's the point of "raw-value enums"? Are they just a bridge-technogy, or is it ok to use them to store constants?
> I think of RawRepresentable (the protocol behind rawValue) as a serialization mechanism, basically the Swift standard library's answer to NSCoding. Thus, rawValue is a way to serialize your enum into an Int or String you know how to read and write from disk. More broadly, I often apply RawRepresentable to structs and have them return plist- or JSON-compatible dictionaries. 
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