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[CLJ-731] Create macro to variadically unroll a combinator function definition Created: 26/Jan/11  Updated: 26/Jul/13

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: Backlog

Type: Enhancement Priority: Minor
Reporter: Fogus Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 1
Labels: None

Approval: Vetted

 Description   

Clojure contains a set of combinators that are implemented in a similar, but slightly different way. That is, they are implemented as a complete set of variadic overloads on both the call-side and also on the functions that they return. Visually, they all tend to look something like:

(defn foo
  ([f]
     (fn
       ([] do stuff...)
       ([x] do stuff...)
       ([x y] do stuff...)
       ([x y z] do stuff...)
       ([x y z & args] do variadic stuff...)))
  ([f1 f2]
     (fn
       ([] do stuff...)
       ([x] do stuff...)
       ([x y] do stuff...)
       ([x y z] do stuff...)
       ([x y z & args] do variadic stuff...)))
  ([f1 f2 f3]
     (fn
       ([] do stuff...)
       ([x] do stuff...)
       ([x y] do stuff...)
       ([x y z] do stuff...)
       ([x y z & args] do variadic stuff...)))
  ([f1 f2 f3 & fs]
     (fn
       ([] do stuff...)
       ([x] do stuff...)
       ([x y] do stuff...)
       ([x y z] do stuff...)
       ([x y z & args] do variadic stuff...))))

To build this type of function for each combinator is tedious and error-prone.

There must be a way to implement a macro that takes a "specification" of a combinator including:

1. name
2. docstring
3. do stuff template
4. do variadic stuff template

And builds something like the function foo above. This macro should be able to implement the current batch of combinators (assuming that http://dev.clojure.org/jira/browse/CLJ-730 is completed first for the sake of verification).



 Comments   
Comment by Stuart Halloway [ 28/Jan/11 9:03 AM ]

This seems useful. Rich, would you accept a patch?

Comment by Stuart Halloway [ 28/Jan/11 9:40 AM ]

Nevermind, just saw that Rich already suggested this on the dev list. Patch away.

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