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From "Kevin Wojniak (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (THRIFT-4895) Revive Cocoa support and add tests
Date Sun, 23 Jun 2019 06:46:00 GMT
Kevin Wojniak created THRIFT-4895:
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             Summary: Revive Cocoa support and add tests
                 Key: THRIFT-4895
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/THRIFT-4895
             Project: Thrift
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Cocoa - Library, Test Suite
            Reporter: Kevin Wojniak


I would like to see the Objective-C (Cocoa) support brought back. The suggestion to use Swift
is not valid for all use cases for a few reasons:

1. Objective-C is not deprecated and is not going away.
2. Swift has to be written with Objective-C in mind to be backwards compatible. This severely
limits the ability to use modern Swift. Plus, it requires bringing in the Swift runtime (several
MB). It is nice to use all modern Swift features when using Swift and not have to be reminded
of Objective-C backwards compatibility.
3. Objective-C library can be used with Swift with no extra cost, but not the other way around.
Currently 0.12 already has good support by using modern Objective-C enums and could be expanded
for better Swift support, for example adding nullability type annotations.
4. Swift cannot interact with C++, so if a project is mostly C++ that must interact with Cocoa
APIs it must use Objective-C.

I am working on adding tests for the Cocoa code from the 0.12 version. My work in progress
is here: https://github.com/kainjow/thrift/commits/kwojniak/cocoa-tests-wip



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