Dropped: Existential TypesEdit this page on GitHub
Existential types using
forSome have been dropped. The reasons for dropping them were:
Existential types violate a type soundness principle on which DOT and Dotty are constructed. That principle says that every the prefix (
S) of a type selection
S#Tmust either come from a value constructed at runtime or refer to a type that is known to have only good bounds.
Existential types create many difficult feature interactions with other Scala constructs.
- Existential types have large overlap with path-dependent types, so the gain of having them is relatively minor.
Existential types that can be expressed using only wildcards (but not
forSome) are still supported, but are treated as refined types.
For instance, the type
Map[_ <: AnyRef, Int]
is treated as the type
Map, where the first type parameter
is upper-bounded by
AnyRef and the second type parameter is an alias
When reading classfiles compiled with scalac, Dotty will do a best effort to approximate existential types with its own types. It will issue a warning is a precise emulation is not possible.