Clojure

Functions with non-qualified return type hints force import of hinted classes when called from other namespace

Details

  • Type: Defect Defect
  • Status: Closed Closed
  • Priority: Major Major
  • Resolution: Completed
  • Affects Version/s: Release 1.5, Release 1.6, Release 1.7
  • Fix Version/s: Release 1.8
  • Component/s: None
  • Patch:
    Code and Test
  • Approval:
    Ok

Description

You can add a type hint to function arglists to indicate the return type of a function like so.

user> (import '(java.util List))
java.util.List
user> (defn linkedlist ^List [] (java.util.LinkedList.))
#'user/linkedlist
user> (.size (linkedlist))
0

The problem is that now when I call `linkedlist` exactly as above from another namespace, I'll get an exception because java.util.List is not imported in there.

user> (in-ns 'user2)
#<Namespace user2>
user2> (refer 'user)
nil
user2> (.size (linkedlist))
CompilerException java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Unable to resolve classname: List, compiling:(NO_SOURCE_PATH:1:1)
user2> (import '(java.util List)) ;; Too bad, need to import List here, too.
java.util.List
user2> (.size (linkedlist))
0

There are two workarounds: You can import the hinted type also in the calling namespace, or you always use fully qualified class names for return type hints. Clearly, the latter is preferable.

Approach: Resolve the tags in the defn macro.

Patch: 0001-CLJ-1232-auto-qualify-arglists-class-names.patch

Screened by: Fogus

Alternate approach: Make the compiler resolve the return tags when necessary (tag is not a string, primitive tag (^long) or array tag (^longs)) and update the Var's :arglist appropriately. Patch: 0001-auto-qualify-arglists-class-names-v4.patch. Note that this patch had problems with Hystrix, which was using non-conformant arglists - Hystrix has since been patched.

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