fn and letfn don't support hinting the function's return type


  • Type: Enhancement Enhancement
  • Status: Open Open
  • Priority: Minor Minor
  • Resolution: Unresolved
  • Affects Version/s: Release 1.5
  • Fix Version/s: None
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You can add type hints to the argument vector(s) of `defn` to declare the return type of a function like so (with warn-on-reflection being true):

user> (defn foo ^String [s] s)
user> (.substring (foo "hallo") 1 2)

But sadly, the same doesn't work with `fn` and `letfn`:

user> (.substring ((fn ^String [s] s) "hallo") 1 2)
Reflection warning, NO_SOURCE_PATH:1:1 - call to substring can't be resolved.
user> (letfn [(foo ^String [s] s)]
	(.substring (foo "hallo") 1 2))
Reflection warning, NO_SOURCE_PATH:2:7 - call to substring can't be resolved.

I don't see why this feature is available to `defn` but not to `fn` and `letfn`. I even consider it a kind of defect, because anything else including :pre/:post are also supported by the latter two, so the support for hinting the return type should be there simply because of analogy.


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