[swift-users] Can anyone please explain this behavior?

Joe Groff jgroff at apple.com
Wed Sep 21 20:13:47 CDT 2016

> On Sep 21, 2016, at 2:22 PM, Jens Persson via swift-users <swift-users at swift.org> wrote:
> // This little Swift program compiles (and runs) fine:
> func foo() -> Int { return a }
> let a = 1
> let b = 2
> print(foo())
> But if `foo()` returns `b` instead of `a`, I get this compile time error:
> "Use of unresolved identifier `b`"

This looks like a bug to me (cc-ing Jordan, who's thought about global scoping issues more than me). In "script mode", it shouldn't be possible to refer to a variable before its initialization is executed. However, the way this is currently modeled is…problematic, to say the least, among other reasons because script globals are still visible to "library" files in the same module.


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