[swift-evolution] Possible issue with SE-0166 Swift Archival & Serialization implementation

Itai Ferber iferber at apple.com
Thu Jun 8 11:38:09 CDT 2017

Hi James,

Good catch. This is a holdover from an older version of the proposal, 
and is now a typo.
It should be `var container` — the container can be a `struct`, and 
shouldn’t require reference semantics.

— Itai

On 8 Jun 2017, at 7:51, James Froggatt via swift-evolution wrote:

> I've just been trying out the new Coding protocol, and was rather 
> surprised when trying to implement the `encode(to encoder: Encoder)` 
> method.
> The Swift evolution proposal provides the following example code:
>     public func encode(to encoder: Encoder) throws {
>         // Generic keyed encoder gives type-safe key access: cannot 
> encode with keys of the wrong type.
>         let container = encoder.container(keyedBy: CodingKeys.self)
>         // The encoder is generic on the key -- free key 
> autocompletion here.
>         try container.encode(latitude, forKey: .latitude)
>         try container.encode(longitude, forKey: .longitude)
>     }
> Here, container is stored as a `let` value, and uses reference 
> semantics, while the proposal also clearly lists these `encode` 
> methods as mutating. With the current implementation of the proposal, 
> the container must be stored as a `var`, which leads to code like the 
> following:
>     var container = encoder.singleValueContainer()
>     try container.encode(data)
> This clearly wont work as expected if the container were to have value 
> semantics, and writing code like this feels plain wrong. Is SE-0166 
> really intended to work with referrence-type encoders only?
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