[swift-evolution] [Proposal] Explicit Synthetic Behaviour
brent at architechies.com
Sat Sep 9 07:51:06 CDT 2017
> On Sep 8, 2017, at 6:03 PM, Xiaodi Wu via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
> For any open protocol (i.e., a protocol for which the universe of possible conforming types cannot be enumerated a priori by the protocol designer) worthy of being a protocol by the Swift standard ("what useful thing can you do with such a protocol that you could not without?"), any sufficiently interesting requirement (i.e., one for which user ergonomics would measurably benefit from a default implementation) either cannot have a universally guaranteed correct implementation or has an implementation which is also going to be the most performant one (which can therefore be a non-overridable protocol extension method rather than an overridable protocol requirement with a default implementation).
Counter-example: `index(of:)`, or rather, the underscored requirement underlying `index(of:)`. The "loop over all indices and return the first whose element matches" default implementation is universally guaranteed to be correct, but a collection like `Set` or `SortedArray` can provide an implementation which is more performant than the default.
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