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[CLJ-879] Allow :require to support a :refer clause Created: 17/Nov/11  Updated: 17/Feb/12  Resolved: 17/Feb/12

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

Type: Enhancement Priority: Minor
Reporter: Phil Hagelberg Assignee: Phil Hagelberg
Resolution: Completed Votes: 9
Labels: patch,, test

Attachments: Text File 0001-Allow-require-to-take-a-refer-option.patch    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Ok


There's been discussion previously about the complexity of the ns
macro. In particular the fact that :use causes all vars to be referred
by default is widely seen as unfortunate, and the distinction between
use and require is a source of conceptual overhead for people new to
the language.

We can't change the fact that :use refers everything by default
without breaking lots of existing code. But it would be possible to
enhance :require to support referring specified vars, leaving us free
to deprecate or otherwise discourage the use of :use.

Clojure-dev thread discussing this: http://groups.google.com/group/clojure-dev/browse_thread/thread/91b708ddb909affd

Comment by Phil Hagelberg [ 25/Nov/11 2:52 PM ]

Patch containing implementation, test, and documentation.

Comment by Phil Hagelberg [ 06/Jan/12 2:21 PM ]

Any chance we could get some discussion going on this?

Comment by Devin Torres [ 14/Jan/12 1:12 AM ]

I'd love to see this discussed.

Comment by Phil Hagelberg [ 27/Jan/12 4:42 PM ]

So... how about it? Thoughts?

Comment by Kevin Downey [ 17/Feb/12 11:30 AM ]

patch still applies cleanly to master, tests pass

there is a warning when you run the tests though:

[java] Testing clojure.test-clojure.keywords
[java] Testing clojure.test-clojure.load
[java] WARNING: with-bindings already refers to: #'clojure.core/with-bindings in namespace: clojure.test-clojure.require-scratch, being replaced by: #'clojure.main/with-bindings
[java] Testing clojure.test-clojure.logic
[java] Testing clojure.test-clojure.macros

Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 17/Feb/12 1:36 PM ]

Vetted. Patch is good, although it needs docstring updates in 'require'

Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 17/Feb/12 1:55 PM ]

Not Vetted. I can't remember what the names mean. Ready for Rich. That's "Test" right?

Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 17/Feb/12 1:59 PM ]

My mistake. The docstring is included in 'require', but not in 'refer', which also changed. But the public API of 'refer' did not change. So this patch is good.

Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 17/Feb/12 2:08 PM ]

Not "Test." Screened. The patch is Screened. I hate this.

Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 17/Feb/12 2:18 PM ]

Patch applied.

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