[swift-evolution] [Review] SE-0153: Compensate for the inconsistency of @NSCopying's behaviour

Rod Brown rodney.brown6 at icloud.com
Sat Feb 18 02:51:25 CST 2017

> What is your evaluation of the proposal?
It’s clearly a concern and one that should be addressed.

A lot of people have bought up the didSet {} property observers are not called when things are set here, either. This is true, but unlike property observers, these are attributes, and I don’t know of anywhere else where an @attribute works in some cases and not in another. It is understandable that people think @NSCopying is implemented with compiler magic that should work everywhere, rather than built as part of the setter as it currently is, and thus causes confusion.

Like others have commented, I am concerned about how our solution works with future plans about making NSCopying a property behaviour. Doug Gregor has commented that he believes it should be compiler magic, and I respect that opinion. I would like the Core Team to ensure that they believe it is entirely compatible and in the spirit of Property Behaviours before the compiler magic is added, though, if Property Behaviours are still seriously on the cards for the future.

If compiler magic is decided against, I think this is a clear spot where there should be a warning, and a proposed fixit.

> Is the problem being addressed significant enough to warrant a change to Swift?
Yes. This is a confusing and easily missed part of the language. While it is currently understood that didSet and willSet are not called, it is not clear to developers that @NSCopying falls into that same group, and have not noticed it anywhere in documentation.

> Does this proposal fit well with the feel and direction of Swift?
I think adding compiler magic is somewhat in opposition to the general trend to reduce said magic, but a solution here seems necessary as the current lack of clarity is against the direction of Swift.

> If you have used other languages or libraries with a similar feature, how do you feel that this proposal compares to those?

> How much effort did you put into your review? A glance, a quick reading, or an in-depth study?
A quick reading of the proposal, and involved in the initial discussions surrounding this issue.
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