[fpc-devel] Thoughts on being able to declare "pointer-to-type" parameters directly in method signatures?

Sven Barth pascaldragon at googlemail.com
Fri Jun 7 23:06:31 CEST 2019

Am 07.06.2019 um 22:54 schrieb Ryan Joseph:
>> On Jun 7, 2019, at 4:51 PM, Sven Barth via fpc-devel <fpc-devel at lists.freepascal.org> wrote:
>> It has been part of FPC from the beginning of generics. It allows the parser to differentiate easier that a specialization is following. This was less important when only type declarations could contain specializations, but nowadays with support for inline specializations this is especially true as something with "<" in it is not always easy to differentiate between a specialization and an expression. Case in point: Delphi mode doesn't yet support all kinds of expressions containing specializations that mode ObjFPC supports.
> Then maybe it could be optional within type declarations? Delphi mode achieves this so I think ObjFPC could also. Yet another modeswitch like “autoderef”? :)
No. The generic keywords are part of mode ObjFPC. The only thing I plan 
to do is to move the whole idea of generic keywords to a modeswitch, but 
that is neither here nor there currently.


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