[swift-evolution] [Proposal] Explicit Non-Default-Implemented Protocol Requirements

Gor Gyolchanyan gor.f.gyolchanyan at icloud.com
Wed Aug 2 10:27:13 CDT 2017

> On Aug 2, 2017, at 6:15 PM, Taylor Swift <kelvin13ma at gmail.com> wrote:
> I agree with this, extensions on types defined in the same file are generally silly, and default implementations belong in the protocol body. I don’t agree with certain style guides prescription of same-file extensions; they should only be used to hide protocol conformances that are “unimportant” to the functionality of the type. In practice this means only conformances like CustomStringConvertible and CustomDebugStringConvertible live in extensions.
> If you want to group related methods, use linebreaks and whitespace for that. Don’t split up the type braces since that messes up the whole one-set-of-braces == one type definition visual rule.
> The only time it ever makes sense to extend a non concrete type that you own is when adding conditional default implementations. Having to extend a bare protocol is the product of a language limitation.

Take a look at my replies to Tino Heth about code locality and the rest...

> On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 6:26 AM, Tino Heth via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>> wrote:
>> That would work as well, but it has the downside of forcing a potentially huge number of methods to be implemented in a single place, reducing the readability as opposed to packing them into semantically related groups in the form of extensions.
> I really don't get why people are so obsessed with same-file extensions:
> They are recommended in style guides, influencers blog about them, and they motivated a ridiculous complex change in the access rights system. Yet I haven't seen any evidence that they offer real benefit.
> Extensions are great for adding useful helpers to existing types, and still allow you to selectively expose details of your own classes — but most people seem to ignore those options and focus on something can be done better with plain old comments.
> [sorry for the rant — but I think a critical look at extensions is long overdue: I rarely see someone questioning their role, so basically, we are making important decisions based on pure superstition]
> A protocol itself is already a vehicle to group related methods, and if you have a huge entity, it doesn't get better just because you split it and hide its complexity.
>> Also, please include the original message for reference purposes.
> [hopes Discourse will happen soon ;-) ]
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