Clojure

for-as

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  • Type: Enhancement Enhancement
  • Status: Closed Closed
  • Priority: Minor Minor
  • Resolution: Declined
  • Affects Version/s: Release 1.5
  • Fix Version/s: None
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Description

A common pattern in programming is building up some data structure step by step:

In Python:

x = {0: 1}
for item in stuff:
    x[item] = item * x.get(item - 1, 0)

etc.

In an imperative for loop this is easy since we have easy access to the "current" data structure being built up.

I propose the addition of a function for-as similar to as-> except the value of the last loop iteration is bound to the name.

So we can write the above as:

(last (for-as [x {0 1}]
        [item stuff]
  (assoc x item (* item (get x (- item 1) 0)))))

An (un-optimized) implementation might be something like:

(defmacro reduce-for [[res init] for-seq-exprs body-expr]
  `(reduce #(%2 %1) ~init
    (for ~for-seq-exprs
      (fn [~res]
        ~body-expr))))

Note: reduce-for does not return a seq, instead it returns the result of the last loop body iteration.

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