[swift-evolution] [Review] SE-0107: UnsafeRawPointer API
brad.hilton.nw at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 10:02:46 CDT 2016
* What is your evaluation of the proposal?
-1. It seems like the author is trying to solve a non-problem. The pointer APIs already work very well with enough due warning that they are unsafe. This change will just make them even more cumbersome to work with.
* Is the problem being addressed significant enough to warrant a change to Swift?
No, I don’t think so, and if it were it would be too significant to be considered in scope for Swift 3.
* Does this proposal fit well with the feel and direction of Swift?
It’s a valid Swift API, I just feel it makes the UnsafePointer family more complex than it needs to be.
* If you have used other languages or libraries with a similar feature, how do you feel that this proposal compares to those?
Swift’s approach to memory access has been unique in my programming experience and I like it for its power and simplicity.
* How much effort did you put into your review? A glance, a quick reading, or an in-depth study?
I read most of the proposal and have done a lot of work with the existing pointer APIs. Again I feel this is adding needless complexity and doesn’t actually change what you can do with the API.
> Hello Swift community,
> The review of “SE-0107: UnsafeRawPointer API” begins now and runs through July 4, 2016. The proposal is available here:
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> * Is the problem being addressed significant enough to warrant a change to Swift?
> * Does this proposal fit well with the feel and direction of Swift?
> * If you have used other languages or libraries with a similar feature, how do you feel that this proposal compares to those?
> * How much effort did you put into your review? A glance, a quick reading, or an in-depth study?
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