[swift-evolution] [Pitch] Introducing role keywords to reduce hard-to-find bugs

Adrian Zubarev adrian.zubarev at devandartist.com
Fri Jun 16 14:20:34 CDT 2017

I’ve already mentioned this in this thread. This is one of the missing features from the generics manifesto, however it’s (almost) a syntactic sugar only. It means that if we would enforce default in Swift 4, then having default implementation directly inside protocols would be really a syntactic and additional change only, which is a good sign. ;)

Adrian Zubarev
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Am 16. Juni 2017 um 20:39:21, Tino Heth via swift-evolution (swift-evolution at swift.org) schrieb:

The described problem might be one of the most famous itches of the language, but imho the bar for new keywords* should be higher than that — and there are alternatives:

First, I guess many would like to see this to be valid Swift:

protocol Foo {
func bar() {
print("Default implementation called")

It's the most convenient way of avoiding typos: avoid to type ;-)
Imho this might already be enough, but for a full alternative for "default", I'd suggest something like this:

extension Foo {
func Foo.bar() {
print("String has its own implementation")

(to make it more familiar for those with a C++ background, "Foo::bar" could be used instead ;-)

Additional benefit: This wouldn't be limited to protocols — and it could possibly help in weird situations when two protocols declare functions with identical signature...

extension String: Foo {
func Foo.bar() {
print("String has its own implementation")

func Foo.barr() {
// compiler error, Foo defines no function "barr"

func barr() {
// this is fine, no connection to a protocol

- Tino

* well, I guess "default" is not really a new keyword… but you get the point
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