[swift-server-dev] Convert HTTPVersion to struct

Rien Rien at Balancingrock.nl
Wed Jun 14 05:38:00 CDT 2017

> On 14 Jun 2017, at 12:11, Helge Heß via swift-server-dev <swift-server-dev at swift.org> wrote:
> On 14. Jun 2017, at 11:36, Rien via swift-server-dev <swift-server-dev at swift.org> wrote:
>>> On 14 Jun 2017, at 11:14, Chris Bailey <BAILEYC at uk.ibm.com> wrote:
>>> One factor is whether you consider the version to be discrete values or a structured format for data - I'd argue that we have a structured format due to the expectation that future versions of the HTTP spec could arrive. 
>> But do you want your code littered with numerical tests or conceptual tests?
>> Suppose a new version of HTTP does arrive, do you really want to manually walk through the code and find all tests on the numerical values?
>> Or would it be easier to use switch statements on an enum and have all missing cases pointed out to you?
> This is actually a argument *for* using numbers. When using an enum in an API makes the same break every time you change it. And that is killer for a an API representing a living protocol like HTTP.
> Also in proper source you would check for: `if major >= 2`, not `==`, another advantage of using version _numbers_.
> In the context of HTTPVersion

Precisely. I am making the argument for enum’s only for the HTTPVersion since it is such a unique feature.

> I think there shouldn’t be too much discussion though, for two reasons:
> - If we get HTTP/3.x, we almost certainly have a new API revision.


> - The HTTP version should only matter for logging purposes. The differences in capabilities
>  should be handled by the implementation (e.g. keep alive vs not, multiplexing or not, etc).

Agreed, which is why the decision should be made carefully. An API developer usually sees things differently from an API user. Conceptually a version number is just a tag. It does not represent a numerical value. Which makes testing for numerical values error prone, which leads to your following point:

>  In other words, you should never have to check for the versions, but rather features.

Again, fully agreed. But which I interpret as an argument in favour of enums...


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