[swift-evolution] [swift-evolution-announce] [Review] SE 0192 - Non-Exhaustive Enums

Jérôme Duquennoy jerome+swift at duquennoy.fr
Wed Dec 20 03:44:47 CST 2017

Hi guys,

I am part of the people mentioned in "Preserve exhaustiveness diagnostics for non-exhaustive enums" : I see the completeness check as a major feature of enums, that makes a difference between it and a list of constants in multiple cases.
So much that in the coding rules of the company I work for, the use of default case requires some specific justification at review time.

I have a positive opinion on this evolution if it comes with a solution to preserve exhaustiveness diagnostics. Otherwise, I think it lowers the ease of maintenance of code using external libraries.

One of the risk I fear is that libraries builders might just forget to add the @exhaustive keyword. So it might end up being a pretty common case to have to specify "I want this switch to be exhaustive", just to not loose on maintainability. This could lead to a situation similar to the "fileprivate", that ended up being used much more than expected.

It is not exactly in the scope of that review, but in the two solution for enforcing exhaustiveness drafted in that proposal, I would rather avoid the second one (the switch!). It would contradict the fact that as of today, the use of the exclamation mark in swift is a pretty clear sign that you are disabling some compiler-provided security at your own risk, and that it might lead to runtime crash (force unwrap, force cast, ...).
Here, requesting a switch to be exhaustive is adding one more compiler check. It cannot lead to a runtime crash.
I will be happy to discuss it further in a future review.


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