iPS 242: Surveying How Swift Evolves with Andrew McKnight
Published May 31, 2018
45 min
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    • Gui Rambo
    • Andrew Madsen
    • Erica Sadun
    • Jaim Zuber

    Special Guest: Andrew McKnight

    In today's episode, the iPheaks panelist speak with Andrew McKnight about Surveying How Swift Evolves. Andrew provides information on a presentation he did at iOS Dev Camp Colorado, on a survey looking at the open source Swift repositories to see how developers are extending the language, foundation, or standard library. This is a great episode to gain insight into how developers on the iOS platform are helping evolve the Swift language and much more.

    In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

    • What was being surveyed? - Utility Libraries and general purpose
    • How did you search for Utility Libraries?
    • What is the purpose of the utility libraries?
    • Duplicate extensions
    • What are the most popular extensions that are recreated?
    • String and Trim
    • What is trim()?
    • Why is targeting utility libraries problematic?
    • What is the goal?
    • Did you find wrong or dangerous implementations?
    • Why is their discussion/drama around gathering these extensions?
    • Would these be good topics to file Radars?
    • Brisk - https://github.com/br1sk/brisk
    • What is it like entering the Swift Evolution Process?
    • Can a community-driven proposal gain traction?
    • Did you look into custom types like Result<T>?
    • And much much more!







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