[swift-evolution] [Review #2] SE-0161: Smart KeyPaths: Better Key-Value Coding for Swift
dgregor at apple.com
Thu Apr 6 11:37:17 CDT 2017
> On Apr 6, 2017, at 9:31 AM, Sean Heber <sean at fifthace.com> wrote:
>> On Apr 6, 2017, at 11:19 AM, Douglas Gregor <dgregor at apple.com> wrote:
>>> On Apr 6, 2017, at 8:13 AM, Ricardo Parada via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>>> I agree, there's an analogy between strings and key paths, and in that regards the single quote would make sense. I would not complain.
>> The only analogy between strings and key-paths is that the existing Cocoa APIs for key-paths use strings. That’s not an analogy to hang language syntax on, because it’s relevance will fade quickly.
> Why would it fade quickly? Do we expect the concept of keypaths to go away over time? If so, why are we even designing a syntax for keypaths?
The link between key-paths and strings will go away over time. The *only* reason anyone associates strings with keypaths is because Cocoa’s current key-paths are string-based. This proposal makes any string representation of key-paths an implementation detail that could be used for interoperability with Cocoa’s current system. There is no reason for a type-unsafe string representation to ever be in the user model.
>> The core team discussed single quotes, and decided that we want to save them for something in the string/character realm.
> Are they to be saved for something specific or is this just because a lot of languages use single quotes for character literals? Why is this association any more sacred than an association with Cocoa string keypaths?
Lots of languages use single quotes for character literals; we may want to bring them back for it.
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