[swift-evolution] [Thoughts?][Phase2] default arguments and trailing closure syntax

Saagar Jha saagar at saagarjha.com
Wed Jan 4 21:48:27 CST 2017

Check out this thread <https://lists.swift.org/pipermail/swift-evolution/Week-of-Mon-20160606/020470.html>–it’s very similar to what you proposed, but it didn’t go anywhere. FWIW +1 to this as well as the ability to use multiple trailing closures like so:

animate(identifier: “”, duration: 0, update: {
	// update
}, completion: {
	// completion

Saagar Jha

> On Jan 4, 2017, at 6:25 PM, Jay Abbott via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> When you have a function with a closure and then another optional default = nil closure at the end, like this:
> open static func animate(identifier: String,
>                          duration: Double,
>                          update: @escaping AnimationUpdate,
>                          completion: AnimationCompletion? = nil) {
> You can’t use trailing closure syntax for the update argument when leaving the completion argument out/default.
> This kind of breaks one of the benefits of default arguments, which is that you can add them to existing released functions without breaking the calling code. This means you have to add a separate convenience function without the extra argument, which is annoying and inelegant. Another annoying thing is that you can easily miss this error if you happen to not use trailing closure syntax in your tests or other usage, because adding the extra default argument compiles fine for code that uses normal syntax.
> Are there any issues/gotchas if the trailing closure syntax were to work for the last specified argument rather than the last defined argument?
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