[swift-evolution] Thoughts on replacing \() with $() or some other symbol

Kenny Wyland specialk at gmail.com
Tue Jun 21 15:43:44 CDT 2016

Hi all,

I'm new to the list and I just searched through the archives as best I
could to see if someone else had already brought this up, but I didn't find
anything. Forgive me if this horse has been beaten.

I find that typing \(var) is very disruptive to my typing flow. The more I
code in Swift, the more I like it, but every time I'm coding and then have
to hiccup while typing \ then ( causes me to be annoyed. I know, it's
minor, but it isn't a key combination that flows quickly.

I would much rather have $() or perhaps ${} (like Groovy lang) or perhaps
@() to go along with other uses of @ throughout the language.

A shifted key, like $ or @, followed by another shifted key like (, allows
for a much faster flow and they are much closer to the home keys than \
which is nearly as far from home keys as possible (and awkward).


Kenny Wyland
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