[swift-evolution] Why doesn't Swift allow a variable and a function with the same name?

Jacob Bandes-Storch jtbandes at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 13:56:00 CST 2017

Suppose it were allowed. What should this do?

    let something = randomArray

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:37 AM, Michael Gubik via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> Example that does not compile:
>             let randomArray = randomArray(withCapacity: 4096)
> Compiler error: “Variable used within its own initial value”
> The variable name unfortunately clashes with the function name.
> This problem forces the developer to think about an alternative name.
> IMHO that’s suboptimal since many times the most canonical naming would be
> one where these two go by the same name.
> It’s not a big problem in practice but I wonder if there are plans to
> change this?
> Thanks,
> Michael Gubik
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