[swift-users] What is "binding" memory?

Rien Rien at Balancingrock.nl
Tue Nov 1 14:09:17 CDT 2016

The way I understand it, it prepares a memory structure that refers to the ‘raw memory’ such that it can be used to access the referenced memory according to the type ‘bound’ to.

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> On 01 Nov 2016, at 19:55, Manfred Schubert via swift-users <swift-users at swift.org> wrote:
> The "UnsafeRawPointer Migration" guide talks about "binding memory to a type“ as if that was a well known term. I have never heard of it yet though, and googling it returns no relevant results. I do not understand what binding memory is supposed to do.
> The migration guide says "Binding uninitialized memory to a type prepares the memory to store values of that type“, but clearly raw memory does not need to be prepared (and cannot be) to hold any arbitrary type and value.
> So what is this for, what does it actually do, and to whom is it done (the raw pointer, or the typed pointer which is returned, or the raw memory)?
> Manfred
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