[swift-evolution] [Meta] What does the backlog mean to the process?

Chris Lattner clattner at apple.com
Fri Jul 29 12:54:44 CDT 2016

> On Jul 29, 2016, at 8:48 AM, Daniel Vollmer via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> Hi,
>> On 29 Jul 2016, at 17:15, Félix Cloutier via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> With the Swift 3 deadline passed, according to the Swift Evolution progress page, about 20% of the proposals that the community voted in won't make it for Swift 3.

Just FWIW, several of the big currently unimplemented proposals are about to land today.  Your meta question still stands.

>> Beyond the implications for the language itself, what does that mean for the swift-evolution process?
> Getting a proposal approved doesn’t necessarily mean someone will feel obliged to implement it. Sometimes people propose a feature they’d like to see, but do not have the knowledge to implement it. Sometimes the scope of a feature is only evident after the review (and sometimes it’s not even evident then — some gotchas only pop up once you try to implement “for real”).
> I think we need to keep an eye on the backlog (both proposals *and* implementation of previously approved ones), but if no-one’s willing to implement them, I don’t think we can force anyone…

Exactly right.  This is an inherent part of Swift being an open source project.


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