[swift-evolution] Pitch: Compound name `foo(:)` for nullary functions
davesweeris at mac.com
Wed Feb 22 13:48:49 CST 2017
> On Feb 22, 2017, at 11:05 AM, Matthew Johnson <matthew at anandabits.com> wrote:
>> On Feb 22, 2017, at 12:30 PM, David Sweeris <davesweeris at mac.com> wrote:
>>> On Feb 22, 2017, at 7:48 AM, Matthew Johnson via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>>> I like this idea. I think you made the right choice of syntax given the alternatives considered. To me `foo(_)` and `foo(:)` equally imply presence of an argument. The former looks like an anonymous (unnamed) argument and the latter includes the colon which only follows an argument. Between the two `foo(:)` is the better choice because it doesn’t look like a pattern as has been pointed out.
>>> I’m going to do a little brainstorming to try and come up with something that works and doesn’t imply an argument at all but suspect I’ll come up empty handed.
>> What about “foo(Void)”? It might be fairly easily confused with “foo(:Void)”, but in practice, how likely is it for someone to declare both `foo()` and `foo(_: Void)`?
> I almost threw out `foo(Void)` and `foo(Never)` as ideas. There is at least one problem with these. We will hopefully eventually get rid of the need to say `.self` in expressions like `Int.self`. If we are able to do that then `foo(Void)` and `foo(Never)` are syntactically valid function calls.
Oh, good point! Hrmm… “foo(#null)”/“foo(#nullary)"? I can’t imagine either of those would ever be valid function calls, and they get the point across (the later more than the former, but it’s more to type). I don’t like that syntax for the name of “shortest” version of the function isn’t shorter than the syntax of the name for other versions of the function, though.
- Dave Sweeris
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