[swift-evolution] Abstract methods

Thorsten Seitz tseitz42 at icloud.com
Sat Nov 4 05:39:08 CDT 2017

I mostly miss this (a.k.a. protected methods):

"Protocols don't support language enforcement of separate implementor and user interfaces, since all of a protocol's requirements must be as visible as the conformance. An abstract base class can expose private or internal abstract requirements to its implementation subclasses while exporting a different interface for external users.“


> Am 03.11.2017 um 06:07 schrieb Gwendal Roué via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org>:
>> Le 3 nov. 2017 à 04:29, Brent Royal-Gordon via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org> a écrit :
>> I think we should beef up protocols a little bit so that they can serve the role of abstract classes. 
> That would be great.
> Back in the day, the proposal SE-0026 "Abstract classes and methods" was deferred, with the following rationale: https://lists.swift.org/pipermail/swift-evolution-announce/2016-March/000056.html
> This rationale is great because it lists a few use cases for abstract class that protocols can't mimic today.
> Gwendal
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