[Review] SE-0066: Standardize function type argument syntax to require parentheses


(James F) #1

I'm surprised this could lead to confusion. I have never encountered any errors relating to the current behaviour. That the presence of brackets could mean a parameter list, or a function that takes a parameter, I could see as an extension of tuple splat, providing flexibility. However, since tuple splat has been removed for now, I understand why this might need rethinking.

Why this means we have to add brackets to functions taking a single type, where there is no ambiguity or possibility for confusion, I don't understand at all.

Tuple splat originally allowed generic types to use tuple parameters as generic parameter lists to functions, allowing great syntax for things like notification forwarding (see frameworks such as ObservableSwift), and I was sad to see that go. With Swift 3 I'll just have to live with double-bracketed parameter lists.

I was in favour of keeping tuple splat, but that was more of an edge case. I find myself using single-parameter function types regularly, and love what support for functional programming Swift provides. I am definitely in favour of allowing the bracketless syntax.

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