[swift-evolution] [Pitch] Nil struct

Adrian Zubarev adrian.zubarev at devandartist.com
Tue Nov 8 15:12:17 CST 2016

Could you elaborate an implementation for one of these functions:

func == <T>(left: T?, right: Nil)
I’m a little confused how these would work, because the types are different and the optional is either .none or .some(T) of type Optional<T> where the other side is Nil.

Adrian Zubarev
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Am 8. November 2016 um 22:07:53, Anton Zhilin (antonyzhilin at gmail.com) schrieb:

2016-11-08 23:53 GMT+03:00 Pyry Jahkola <pyry.jahkola at iki.fi>:

Then why not just:

    public protocol ExpressibleByIntLiteral {
      static var `nil`: Self

…such that Foo.nil creates your nil value of type Foo?
This proposal is not about creating an alternate syntax for  
nil as Optional<Foo>. It’s about granting  
nil literal its own type:

let a = nil
print(type(of: a))  //=> Nil
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