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[CLJ-1368] Document usage for case with non-readable constants Created: 02/Mar/14  Updated: 02/Mar/14

Status: Reopened
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Enhancement Priority: Minor
Reporter: Herwig Hochleitner Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
Labels: docs, interop


 Description   

Problem

It is pretty obscure how to get constant-time dispatch for e.g. Enums, even if user knows about case.

Proposal

The possibility to dispatch to arbitrary constants with case, by wrapper macro, should be documented.

Wording

  • Should it warn against doing that with unstable values?
  • Should it mention anything else than java Enums?

Case Techniques

Case is documented for accepting all readable forms as test-constants. However, it can also be made to use any compile-time-known constants as test-constants, by wrapping it in another macro.

Sometimes this is appropriate, e.g. when dispatching on a java Enum.
Other times, less so, e.g. when dispatching on objects whose hash changes when the vm is restarted (breaks AOT).

Implications

This technique is an application of a more general technique: Passing non-literals to a macro from another macro.
Are there other macros that have use cases like this?

References

https://groups.google.com/d/topic/clojure/3yGjDO2YnjQ/discussion



 Comments   
Comment by Herwig Hochleitner [ 02/Mar/14 11:25 AM ]

This is a duplicate of http://dev.clojure.org/jira/browse/CLJ-1367

Actually, it's an alternate solution

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