Better print for AnyKeyPath in Swift 5.8

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Before Swift 5.8, if you try to print a keypath via a print() or po command, it will print out general output for a Swift class.

struct User {
let firstName: String
let lastName: String
var nickName: String

// Swift.KeyPath<ModuleName.User, Swift.String>

// Swift.KeyPath<ModuleName.User, Swift.String>

// Swift.WritableKeyPath<ModuleName.User, Swift.String>

In this example, Swift will print a class name and a type of that key path.

This isn't very useful since you can't distinguish one property from another.

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Add CustomDebugStringConvertible conformance to AnyKeyPath

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The followings are the output for the same keypaths.

// \User.firstName

// \User.lastName

// \User.nickName

As you can see, we know at a glance what the keypaths are referring to.

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