[swift-evolution] [Discussion] Resources

Keith Smiley k at keith.so
Fri Sep 22 11:40:58 CDT 2017

This is one of the big blockers for our iOS team in moving to SwiftPM. 
Not all of our internal libraries have resources, but at the very least 
our UI libraries contain xibs and some images, and more commonly our 
libraries at least have a Localizable.strings file.

We've started moving over to resource bundles to make working with 
static libraries simpler, which also obviously aren't currently 
supporting with SwiftPM / cross platform.

I think it would be great if SwiftPM could solve this use case!

Keith Smiley

On 09/22, Taylor Swift via swift-evolution wrote:
>I have never once felt a need to distribute a library with an icon
>On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:43 AM, Karl Wagner via swift-evolution <
>swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>> > On 21. Sep 2017, at 18:51, Karl Wagner via swift-evolution <
>> swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:
>> >
>> > Hi everybody!
>> >
>> > I’m really happy that Swift 4 is out, and it’s great that there’s
>> already so much active discussion about Swift 5 (concurrency, etc). I find
>> I’m running in to language roadblocks less and less, and the improvements
>> to the generics system have really improved a lot of my code. It’s really
>> enjoyable to program in Swift, so thanks to everybody who made it possible.
>> >
>> > When I think about what’s missing from Swift, I think of modules. We all
>> like to write modular code, and aside from the entire discussion about
>> submodules, the way that you glue separate modules together in to an
>> application is supposed to be via the package manager. For Swift 5, I would
>> personally really like it if we could flesh out the package manager a bit
>> more so that it can really be the basis of a thriving Swift developer
>> community in production environments.
>> >
>> > The thing that hits me the most with SwiftPM currently is that it
>> doesn’t support resources, and it has very limited support for
>> cross-platform modules (the type of thing you’re likely to have as a Model
>> or Model Controller layer). Without support for bundled application
>> resources, there’s no way for the package manager to support GUI apps or
>> frameworks and unit-tests can’t reliably point to bundled test resources.
>> >
>> > I have some ideas about ways we could improve the situation, but first I
>> thought I’d send this out for some community feedback. Do you think SwiftPM
>> is as important as I do for v5? Which improvements would give you the most
>> benefit?
>> >
>> > - Karl
>> >
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>> Title is rubbish (copy/paste error). Should be “SwiftPM in Swift5”.
>> But seriously, one of the themes from the discussions in the past release
>> was that “there’s no good library for X” or “when will people use Swift for
>> Y?”. I believe the package manager is a big hurdle to getting more, great
>> libraries in wider use. CocoaPods is far from sufficient. Thinking about
>> this hypothetical future Xcode integration; how is that even supposed to
>> happen when the package manager doesn’t support Apps with bundled resources
>> (like icons)?
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