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Created Mar 18, 2016
Pre-proposal: Safer Decimal Calculations

Pre-proposal: Safer Decimal Calculations

Quoting the “The Swift Programming Language” book: “Swift adopts safe programming patterns…”; “Swift is friendly to new programmers”. The words “safe” and “safety” are found many times in the book and in online documentation. The usual rationale for safe features is, to quote a typical sentence, “…enables you to catch and fix errors as early as possible in the development process”.

One frequent stumbling point for both new and experienced programmers stems from the vagaries of binary floating-point arithmetic. This tentative pre-proposal suggests one possible way to make the dangers somewhat more clear.

rbrockerhoff / bug.swift
Last active Aug 29, 2015
Must be a Swift bug
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extension Dictionary {
mutating func merge <S: Sequence where S.GeneratorType.Element == Element> (seq: S) {
var gen = seq.generate()
while let (key: KeyType, value: ValueType) = {
self[key] = value
var dict = [0:0]
rbrockerhoff / dictext.swift
Last active Dec 24, 2015
Some useful extensions to Dictionary
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extension Dictionary {
init (_ array: Array<Element>) {
self = [ : ]
mutating func merge (array: Array<Element>) {
for (key: KeyType, value: ValueType) in array {
self[key] = value
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