[swift-evolution] Fixing modules that contain a type with the same name
felixcca at yahoo.ca
Sat Jul 16 17:19:39 CDT 2016
There is about 2 weeks left for source-breaking proposals, and this is going to be one of them. How is progress going? Do you think that you'll have enough time to push it out of the door?
> Le 20 juin 2016 à 17:33:03, Paulo Faria <paulo at zewo.io> a écrit :
> Yeah! I’m working on a formal proposal that would solve the same problem. Jordan, the problem he described is exactly like the one you explained to me, haha. Now I’m a bit confused about how the proposal should be called. Have any suggestions? What title could fit the two use cases we mentioned. By the way, can you see any other use case that would be solved with the same solution?
>> On Jun 20, 2016, at 9:25 PM, Jordan Rose <jordan_rose at apple.com <mailto:jordan_rose at apple.com>> wrote:
>> I've been encouraging Paulo Faria to mention this case in his push for a way to disambiguate extension methods, with the thought being we could then use the same syntax to differentiate top-level names as well.
>> I'd also be happy with the "import as" syntax. The underscore syntax seems a little opaque, but I suppose it wouldn't come up very often.
>>> On Jun 17, 2016, at 19:52, Félix Cloutier via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>> wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> I recently ran into a bug <http://stackoverflow.com/q/37892621/251153> that leaves me unable to fully-qualify the name of a type. If you import a module named Foo that also contains a type named Foo, attempts to fully-qualify any name in the Foo module will instead attempt to find something inside the Foo type. This bug has already been reported <https://bugs.swift.org/browse/SR-898>.
>>> Here's an example with Károly Lőrentey's BTree module (which also contains a BTree type) that I encountered while trying to use the OrderedSet type:
>>> let set = OrderedSet<Int>()
>>> // error: 'OrderedSet' is ambiguous for type lookup in this context
>>> // Found this candidate: Foundation.OrderedSet:3:14
>>> // Found this candidate: BTree.OrderedSet:12:15
>>> To solve this, you would normally write BTree.OrderedSet, but now Swift thinks that BTree is the BTree type, not the BTree module:
>>> let set = BTree.OrderedSet<Int>()
>>> // error: reference to generic type 'BTree' requires arguments in <...>
>>> Any fix will require a change to the language, and as Jordan Rose stated on the bug, it "needs design", so I would like to bring up the issue and discuss possible solutions.
>>> I can see several options (leaving "do nothing" aside, since I believe that this needs to be resolved):
>>> Prevent modules from containing a type with the same name
>>> Allow modules to be imported under different names (`import BTree as BTreeModule`, `import BTreeModule = BTree` or any similar syntax)
>>> Create a new syntax that indicates that you're naming a module, not a type (like `_.BTree.OrderedSet`)
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