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[CLJ-938] Output of clojure.reflect is not suitable for type hints Created: 23/Feb/12  Updated: 03/Sep/13

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.3
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Defect Priority: Minor
Reporter: Brandon Bloom Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
Labels: reflection, typehints


I'm trying to write a macro which generate reify forms using some reflection.

clojure.reflect produces type symbols similar to 'java.util.Iterator<>

Unfortunately, the compiler doesn't accept the <> syntax in type hints:

(reify Iterable (^{:tag java.util.Iterator} iterator [this] nil)) ; works

(reify Iterable (^{:tag java.util.Iterator<>} iterator [this] nil)) ;; fails
CompilerException java.lang.RuntimeException: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: java.util.Iterator<>, compiling:(NO_SOURCE_PATH:1325)

It seems like the compiler should understand the <> just enough to strip it, rather than reject it. This would make it much easier to write correct macros involving type hinting and reflection.

The workaround I have been using is:

(defn hint
"clojure.reflect demarks generics with angle brackets, but
the compiler does not support generics in type hints"
[obj tag]
(let [tag (-> tag .toString (.replace "<>" "") symbol)]
(with-meta obj {:tag tag}))

Comment by Brandon Bloom [ 24/Feb/12 1:37 AM ]

I'm sorry, I got this wrong earlier. The problem is real, but it's arrays, not generics.

My workaround is useless... :-/

[CLJ-910] [Patch] Allow for type-hinting the method receiver in memfn Created: 13/Jan/12  Updated: 01/Sep/12  Resolved: 01/Sep/12

Status: Closed
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: None
Fix Version/s: Release 1.5

Type: Enhancement Priority: Minor
Reporter: Tassilo Horn Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Completed Votes: 1
Labels: performance, reflection

Attachments: Text File 0001-Make-memfn-allow-for-type-hinting-the-method-receive.patch    
Patch: Code
Approval: Ok


The attached patch copies metadata given to the method name symbol of memfn to the method receiver in the expansion. That way, memfn is able to be used even for type-hinted calls resulting in a big performance win.

user> (time (dotimes [i 1000000] ((memfn intValue) 1)))
Reflection warning, NO_SOURCE_FILE:1 - call to intValue can't be resolved.
"Elapsed time: 2579.229115 msecs"
user> (time (dotimes [i 1000000] ((memfn ^Number intValue) 1)))
"Elapsed time: 12.015235 msecs"

Comment by Tassilo Horn [ 08/Mar/12 3:56 AM ]

Updated patch.

Comment by Aaron Bedra [ 21/Aug/12 6:06 PM ]

Applies properly against d4170e65d001c8c2976f1bd7159484056b9a9d6d. Things look good to me.

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