[swift-evolution] Optional comparison operators
mark.lacey at apple.com
Mon Jul 11 18:31:18 CDT 2016
> On Jul 11, 2016, at 4:23 PM, Jacob Bandes-Storch via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> Bump for Swift 3.
> On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 2:37 PM, Jacob Bandes-Storch <jtbandes at gmail.com <mailto:jtbandes at gmail.com>> wrote:
> These operators cause some potential for confusion:
> public func <<T : Comparable>(lhs: T?, rhs: T?) -> Bool
> public func ><T : Comparable>(lhs: T?, rhs: T?) -> Bool
> public func <=<T : Comparable>(lhs: T?, rhs: T?) -> Bool
> public func >=<T : Comparable>(lhs: T?, rhs: T?) -> Bool
> 1. The meaning of T? < T? is not immediately obvious (Why is nil < .some(x) for any x? Personally, my intuition says that Optional should only provide a partial order, with .none not being ordered w.r.t. .some(x).)
> 2. Even if the meaning is understood, it can be surprising when the (T?, T?) -> Bool version is used instead of (T, T) -> Bool.
> Prior discussion:
> - http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.swift.devel/2089 <http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.swift.devel/2089>
> - http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.swift.evolution/10095 <http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.swift.evolution/10095>
> - rdar://16966712&22833869
> - Replies to https://twitter.com/jtbandes/status/646914031433871364 <https://twitter.com/jtbandes/status/646914031433871364>
> In the swift-dev thread from May, Chris said:
> One of the ideas that Joe Pamer has been discussing is whether the implicit promotion from T to T? should be disabled when in an operator context. Doing so would fix problems like this, but making the code invalid.
> A change like this would be source-breaking, so if the core team has recommendations for how to handle these issues, now is probably the time to get it done.
I overlooked your previous message on this.
I’m actually writing up a proposal for this now, and have an implementation that I’ve done a bit of testing with.
I’m hoping to get the proposal out in the next couple days.
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