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[CLJ-1107] 'get' should throw exception on non-Associative argument Created: 13/Nov/12  Updated: 14/Nov/16

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

Type: Enhancement Priority: Major
Reporter: Stuart Sierra Assignee: Stuart Sierra
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 16
Labels: checkargs

Attachments: Text File 0001-CLJ-1107-Throw-exception-for-get-called-on-unsupport.patch     Text File 0003-CLJ-1107-Throw-exception-for-get-on-unsupported-type.patch     Text File clj-1107-throw-on-unsupported-get-v4.patch    
Patch: Code and Test
Approval: Triaged


The implementation of clojure.core/get returns nil if its argument is not an associative collection.

This behavior can obscure common programmer errors such as:

(def a (atom {:a 1 :b 2})

(:foo a)   ; forgot to deref a
;;=> nil

Calling get on something which is neither nil nor an Associative collection is almost certainly a bug, and should be indicated by an exception.

CLJ-932 was accepted as a similar enhancement to clojure.core/contains?

Patch: 0003-CLJ-1107-Throw-exception-for-get-on-unsupported-type.patch

Approach: Throw IllegalArgumentException as final fall-through case in RT.getFrom instead of returning nil.

Also see: CLJ-969

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 24/May/13 12:31 PM ]

Patch clj-1107-throw-on-get-for-unsupported-types-patch-v2.txt dated May 24 2013 is identical to 0001-CLJ-1107-Throw-exception-for-get-called-on-unsupport.patch dated Nov 13 2012, except it applies cleanly to latest master. A recent commit for CLJ-1099 changed many IllegalArgumentException occurrences to Throwable in the tests, which is the only thing changed in this updated patch.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 30/Jan/14 5:01 PM ]

Patch clj-1107-throw-on-get-for-unsupported-types-patch-v2.txt applied cleanly to latest Clojure master as of Jan 23 2014, but no longer does with commits made to Clojure between then and Jan 30 2014. I have not checked to see how difficult or easy it may be to update this patch.

Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 11/Feb/14 7:23 AM ]

New patch 0003-CLJ-1107-Throw-exception-for-get-on-unsupported-type.patch created from master at 5cc167a.

Comment by Andy Fingerhut [ 26/Mar/14 11:55 AM ]

Patch clj-1107-throw-on-unsupported-get-v4.patch dated Mar 26 2014 is identical to Stuart Sierra's patch 0003-CLJ-1107-Throw-exception-for-get-on-unsupported-type.patch, and retains his authorship. The only difference is in one line of diff context required in order to make it apply cleanly to latest master.

Comment by Rich Hickey [ 10/Jun/14 10:54 AM ]

This would be a breaking change

Comment by Stuart Sierra [ 17/Jun/14 6:59 PM ]

Arguably so was CLJ-932 (contains?), which did "break" some things that were already broken.

This is a more invasive change than CLJ-932, but I believe it is more likely to expose hidden bugs than to break intentional behavior.

Comment by Andy Sheldon [ 07/Oct/14 5:40 AM ]

Is it more idiomatic to use "({:a 1}, :a)" and a safe replacement to boot? E.g. could you mass replace "(get " with "(" in a code base, in order to find bugs? I am still learning the language, and not young anymore, and couldn't reliably remember the argument order. So, I found it easier to avoid (get) with maps anyways. Without it I can put the map first or second.

Comment by Alex Miller [ 14/Nov/16 12:11 PM ]

Presumably this could also now be accomplished via a spec on "get".

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