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[CLJ-1516] Throw an exception if def name contains a dot Created: 29/Aug/14  Updated: 29/Aug/14

Status: Open
Project: Clojure
Component/s: None
Affects Version/s: Release 1.6
Fix Version/s: None

Type: Enhancement Priority: Minor
Reporter: Nicola Mometto Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
Labels: compiler

Attachments: Text File 0001-throw-an-exception-on-def-names-containing-dots.patch    
Patch: Code
Approval: Triaged


In this comment: http://dev.clojure.org/jira/browse/CLJ-1100?focusedCommentId=35510&page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel#comment-35510 Rich said that Vars whose name contains a dot are not supported, but the current implementation allows their definition.
This patch makes `(def foo.bar)` throw a compile-time exception

Comment by Alex Miller [ 29/Aug/14 10:41 AM ]

I'm curious whether this breaks existing code in the wild.

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 29/Aug/14 10:45 AM ]

I find this hard to believe given the current behaviour:

user=> (def a.b 1)
user=> a.b
CompilerException java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: a.b, compiling:(NO_SOURCE_PATH:0:0)

one would need to go out of his way and refer to the var namespace qualified everywhere to make it work

Comment by Nicola Mometto [ 29/Aug/14 11:03 AM ]

After a brief conversation on #clojure, I updated the patch to only throw on non-macro defs so that macros like clojure.core/.. and clojure.core.incubator/.?. will work fine

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