Named Type Arguments

Note: This feature is implemented in Scala 3, but is not expected to be part of Scala 3.0.

Type arguments of methods can now be specified by name as well as by position. Example:

def construct[Elem, Coll[_]](xs: Elem*): Coll[Elem] = ???

val xs1 = construct[Coll = List, Elem = Int](1, 2, 3)
val xs2 = construct[Coll = List](1, 2, 3)

Similar to a named value argument (x = e), a named type argument [X = T] instantiates the type parameter X to the type T. Named type arguments do not have to be in order (see xs1 above) and unspecified arguments are inferred by the compiler (see xs2 above). Type arguments must be all named or un-named, mixtures of named and positional type arguments are not supported.


The main benefit of named type arguments is that unlike positional arguments, you are allowed to omit passing arguments for some parameters, like in the definition of xs2 above. A missing type argument is inferred as usual by local type inference. This is particularly useful in situations where some type arguments can be easily inferred from others.

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