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[CLJS-733] Implement printing & equality for the JSValue type Created: 25/Dec/13  Updated: 12/Feb/15  Resolved: 12/Feb/15

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

Type: Enhancement Priority: Trivial
Reporter: Roman Scherer Assignee: Unassigned
Resolution: Declined Votes: 1
Labels: None

Attachments: File js-value-print.diff     File js-value-print-only.diff    
Patch: Code and Test


Using the JSValue type in Clojure tests is a little bit cumbersome at
the moment. The following test for example is not passing at the
moment, because equality is not defined on JSValue.

(is (= '(js/React.DOM.div #js {})
'(js/React.DOM.div #js {})))

It would be nice if the JSValue type implements at least equality and
tagged literal printing on the Clojure side as well. The attached
patch implements this functionality.

Comment by David Nolen [ 25/Dec/13 11:15 AM ]

The equality test doesn't match equality semantics in JavaScript. So while this is convenient, this is going to need a really strong argument. I'm inclined to just say no.

Printing for JSValue is OK with me.

Comment by Roman Scherer [ 25/Dec/13 12:40 PM ]

Ok, this solves half of my problem. My strong argument for the
equality test would be "but JSValue lives in Clojure land, and
consumers (analyzer, compiler, tests) of JSValue are better served
with the same equality semantics that Clojure already provides". My
use case for this is over here:


The sablono compiler generates forms that can contain JSValues. Those
forms I need to check for equality in my tests. Ok, I can define my
own equality operator that walks the forms and replaces JSValue with
something else, but that feels really strange. Any other idea?

Can you make an example why implementing equality this way would be
problematic? I think I didn't get your point.

If you are still against it, I'm happy to provide a patch for the
print functionality. That's the one I really need. Unfortunately this
one I could have provided myself, the equality thing not.

Comment by David Nolen [ 26/Dec/13 8:43 AM ]

Consider if we bootstrapped and JSValue disappeared and we could use the JS Array type directly instead. But arrays are not equal in Clojure(Script) because they are not values.

Comment by Roman Scherer [ 26/Dec/13 8:50 AM ]

Ok. Thanks for the explanation.

Comment by David Nolen [ 12/Feb/15 10:43 AM ]

Not going to do this one.

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