Declare and Implement Extension Trait Once

Currently, a common pattern in Rust is "extension traits" used to extend some external type with an internal trait. For example:

use some_lib::SomeType;

trait Extension {
    fn foo(self);

impl Extension for &SomeType {
    fn foo(self) { ... }

The main issue here is the function signature and definition are always duplicated, which violates DRY.

I propose a new simplified syntax to declare and implement extension traits in one place:

use some_lib::SomeType;

trait Extension for &SomeType {
    fn foo(self) {
        /* self: &SomeType */

A syntax similar to this can already be achieved using ex_trait crate.

Here's a previous thread:

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