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[CLJ-1043] Unordered literals does not preserve left-to-right evaluation of arguments Created: 16/Aug/12  Updated: 25/Mar/15  Resolved: 25/Mar/15

Status: Closed
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.4
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Defect Priority: Minor
Reporter: Brandon Bloom Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Declined Votes: 0
Labels: None


Given: (defn f [x] (println x) x)

#{(f 2) (f 1)}



But expected would be:


This issue is related to CLJS-288

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 23/Sep/12 6:01 PM ]

I have the same question as David Nolen for CLJS-288: Is this a bug, or just behavior you didn't expect?

It seems that vectors preserve the order of evaluation, so if you really want to control evaluation order you could use something like (set [(f 2) (f 1)]) or (set (map f [2 1])).

Comment by Brandon Bloom [ 23/Sep/12 7:38 PM ]

I'd consider the expected default behavior of any syntax or macro to evaluate each sub-form once each, from left to right. Conditional, repeated, or out-of-order evaluation should be documented as deviations from that norm. If you buy that, then this is either a code or a documentation bug. My vote is for code bug.

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 25/Mar/15 5:05 PM ]

I don't think it's possible to preserve left-to-right evaluation of args on unordered literals, the original order will be lost during read-time, the compiler has no way to know about it.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 25/Mar/15 5:40 PM ]

Sets are unordered.

Comment by Brandon Bloom [ 25/Mar/15 8:22 PM ]

Sometime over the past two years, I've come around to the perspective that this is expected behavior. However, I still maintain that this should be documented somewhere!

On this page: http://clojure.org/evaluation

This paragraph:

Vectors, Sets and Maps yield vectors and (hash) sets and maps whose contents are the evaluated values of the objects they contain. The same is true of metadata maps. If the vector or map has metadata, the evaluated metadata map will become the metadata of the resulting value.

I'd propose inserting a sentence like:

Contents are evaluated sequentially in vectors, but in an unspecified order for sets and maps.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 25/Mar/15 9:11 PM ]

I added a comment to that page.

Comment by Brandon Bloom [ 25/Mar/15 9:19 PM ]

Awesome, thanks!

Small typo: "Vectors elements" should be "Vector elements".

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