[swift-evolution] [Review] SE-0155: Normalize Enum Case Representation

Christopher Kornher ckornher at me.com
Mon Feb 20 13:31:19 CST 2017

> On Feb 18, 2017, at 6:16 AM, David Rönnqvist via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> On 18 Feb 2017, at 09:30, Slava Pestov via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>> wrote:
>> +1, two small questions:
>> - If two cases have the same base name but different full names, will matching on the base name match both cases, or will it be an error?
> I feel that it would be safer if it was an error. If the developer intends to match both cases, requiring both explicitly is a (slight) inconvenience but it's also very clear about what's going to match. 

I disagree. It is simple enough to use different base names if you don’t want the cases to match. An example of why it should not be an error: I intend to for errors with same base names to be handled in the same way and I don’t want to enumerate all the similar cases and change code every time I add a new way to construct an error. I understand that other people want the equivalent of function overloading. Code that needs to access values must deal with unique cases, so type safety is assured in any case.

Java enums have arguments and match on “base names” (they are quite different, but the precedent exists) and I don’t think that matching on the base name would be confusing. I also do not believe that it is worth adding this feature if all cases are completely unique.The pain of forcing a (probably small) subset of developers to use unique names is preferable to complicating the language for no functional benefit, in my opinion.

>> - What are the memory layout optimizations described here? From a first glance this looks purely syntactic.
>> Slava
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