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1 point by shader 3521 days ago | link | parent

Is it possible to condense the form (quasiquote l), (unquote l), (quote l) and (make-br-fn l) into their respective string based syntaxes? How would you go about doing this?

What is the arc method for mapping a function across a tree?

2 points by absz 3521 days ago | link

You could try doing something like

  (def syntaxify (xs)
        [if (acons _)
          (case (car _)
            quote            (string "'"  (stringify:cdr _))
            quasiquote       (string "`"  (stringify:cdr _))
            unquote          (string ","  (stringify:cdr _))
            unquote-splicing (string ",@" (stringify:cdr _))
            make-br-fn       (string "["  (stringify:cdr _) "]")
                             (syntaxify _))
          (stringify _)]
where stringify is some function that does sensible stringification. I don't know precisely how you're doing this, though, so that might not work.


1 point by shader 3521 days ago | link

>I don't know precisely how you're doing this, though, so that might not work.

All my source table does is

  (sref source* '(def ,name ,parms ,@body) ',name)
for def and

  (sref source* '(mac ,name ,parms ,@body) ',name)
for mac.

Since name, parms, and body are read by the reader, reader macros have already been expanded. I'm looking for a way to print the source in a more readable fashion.

Your functions looks pretty close to what I want. Maybe stringify could just be syntaxify, and make it recursive? I don't know if tail recursion is possible because of make-br-fn, but the rest of it looks pretty simple.

If the current object is a cons, but not one of the above, return "(" (syntaxify:cdr _) ")", and if it's an atom return (string _).

I'll do some more thinking on it, but it looks like you're on the right track.


1 point by absz 3520 days ago | link

That would work, except that

    (zap [cons 'head _] xs)
    (prn xs))
would come out as something like

and I'm not sure how to deal with that, even if we add spaces.


1 point by shader 3520 days ago | link

Adding spaces shouldn't be too hard; are you saying that we don't know how to handle indentation and newlines? I don't think that should be too hard. Looking at ppr and friends in string.arc should give us a clue as to that.

Is it possible to create a list in which the syntax is not expanded? I.e. preserve our syntaxification, after we've completed it? So that ', `, , ,@ [] become part of their symbols? That would probably be helpful, because then we could just use the built in ppr function, and not have to worry about formatting.