[swift-evolution] Seriously! Freeze Swift For Two Years After Release 3.0 !

Ted F.A. van Gaalen tedvgiosdev at gmail.com
Sun Jul 10 07:32:00 CDT 2016

Hi Chris,

Yes, I did read it again, subscribe to that strategy.

I’ve perhaps over-emphasized the importance of the impact back-breaking changes
.. Still..   

The subject title was a bit overloaded too.

I guess it’s between two extremes: that is, between (1) really freezing it and
(2) using Swift as a continuous "software laboratory”   :o)
neither would be OK, (as with all extremities)...


> On 10.07.2016, at 00:20, Chris Lattner <clattner at apple.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 9, 2016, at 12:41 PM, Ted F.A. van Gaalen <tedvgiosdev at gmail.com> wrote:
>> imho and after releasing Swift 3.0: 
>>              ===================
>> Existing language elements should never be removed,
>>   (even if they are frowned upon, which occasionally is caused
>>    by aspects of subjective opinion, lack of experience and premature vague statistics, we’re human aren’t we?)
>> and even if much better newer solutions are available. 
>> New language elements should be supplements, standing on their own,
>> with the purpose of extending Swift, not as changes of existing code, 
>> thus leaving the older equivalents intact as not to break older source code. 
> Ted,
> I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the goals for Swift 3, which are described here:
> https://github.com/apple/swift-evolution
> An excerpt:
> "The primary goal of this release is to solidify and mature the Swift language and development experience. While source breaking changes to the language have been the norm for Swift 1 through 3, we would like the Swift 3.x (and Swift 4+) languages to be as source compatible with Swift 3.0 as reasonably possible.”
> -Chris

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