Bug 60727 - [Generator] Add support for [BaseType] to StrongDictionary
Summary: [Generator] Add support for [BaseType] to StrongDictionary
Alias: None
Product: iOS
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Tools ()
Version: master
Hardware: PC Mac OS
: Lowest enhancement
Target Milestone: Future Cycle (TBD)
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-11-16 17:56 UTC by Vincent Dondain [MSFT]
Modified: 2017-11-20 21:11 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: No
Last known good build:

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Description Vincent Dondain [MSFT] 2017-11-16 17:56:04 UTC
In an attempt to convert https://github.com/xamarin/xamarin-macios/blob/master/src/CoreImage/CIImageInitializationOptions.cs#L37-L85 to [StrongDictionary] I found out that we don't handle inheritance with [StrongDictionary].

Something like:

[StrongDictionary ("CIImageInitializationOptionsKeys")]
interface CIImageInitializationOptions {
	CGColorSpace ColorSpace { get; set; }

[StrongDictionary ("CIImageInitializationOptionsKeys")]
[BaseType (typeof (CIImageInitializationOptions))]
interface CIImageInitializationOptionsWithMetadata {
	CoreGraphics.CGImageProperties Properties { get; set; }

...should work.
Comment 1 Alex Soto [MSFT] 2017-11-20 18:07:46 UTC
We are going to wait for this feature to be implemented if a better case shows up.
Comment 2 Sebastien Pouliot 2017-11-20 21:11:28 UTC

The grouping of keys into a strong dictionary is something we (Microsoft) define based on the documented (Apple) keys used in _weak_ dictionaries. In most cases (at least the ones that comes in mind) there is no clear hierarchy.

E.g. It's very common to have optional keys. Also some keys might not apply to X while they apply to Y. Having different strong dictionaries for all possibilities is not helpful (but rather confusing) and often many keys lack such documentation.

E.g. futur SDK might add keys (new or existing) in different context that would break the logic behind our hierarchy.