[Review] SE-0138 UnsafeBytes


(Dave Abrahams) #1

Hello Swift community,

The review of "UnsafeBytes" begins now and runs through September
7th. This late addition to Swift 3 is a follow-up to SE-0107:
UnsafeRawPointer. It addresses common use cases for UnsafeRawPointer,
allowing developers to continue working with collections of UInt8 values,
but now doing so via a type safe API. The UnsafeBytes API will not require
direct manipulation of raw pointers or reasoning about binding memory.

The proposal is available here:

  <https://github.com/apple/swift-evolution/blob/master/proposals/0138-unsafebytes.md>

Reviews are an important part of the Swift evolution process. All reviews
should be sent to the swift-evolution mailing list at

  <https://lists.swift.org/mailman/listinfo/swift-evolution>

or, if you would like to keep your feedback private, directly to the
review manager. When replying, please try to keep the proposal link at
the top of the message:

Proposal link:
  <https://lists.swift.org/mailman/listinfo/swift-evolution>

What goes into a review?

The goal of the review process is to improve the proposal under review
through constructive criticism and, eventually, determine the direction of
Swift. When writing your review, here are some questions you might want to
answer in your review:

  * What is your evaluation of the proposal?
  * Is the problem being addressed significant enough to warrant a
    change to Swift?
  * Does this proposal fit well with the feel and direction of Swift?
  * If you have used other languages or libraries with a similar
    feature, how do you feel that this proposal compares to those?
  * How much effort did you put into your review? A glance, a quick
    reading, or an in-depth study?

More information about the Swift evolution process is available at

  <https://github.com/apple/swift-evolution/blob/master/process.md>

Thank you,

-Dave Abrahams
Review Manager