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New arc: (coerce "1.234" 'int) doesn't
2 points by conanite 3430 days ago | 4 comments
The latest arc doesn't seem to offer a way to coerce real or complex numbers from a string - the title example raises an error (it didn't previously).

Given that 'num is a standard arc type, it seems fair to allow coercion from string to num. From (xdef coerce ...) in ac.scm:

  ((string? x)    (case type
                    ((sym)    (string->symbol x))
                    ((cons)   (ac-niltree (string->list x)))
                    ((int)    (let ((n (apply string->number x args)))
                                (if n 
                                    (iround n)
                                    (err "Can't coerce" x type))))
  +                 ((num)    (let ((n (apply string->number x args)))
  +                             (if n 
  +                                 n 
  +                                 (err "Can't coerce" x type))))
                    (else     (err "Can't coerce" x type))))


  (coerce "3.14" 'num)

  (coerce "3+4i" 'num)
both work.

Of course (read "3.14") is a workaround, but it still seems wrong that 'coerce isn't doing this.

1 point by CatDancer 3430 days ago | link

Works fine for me in arc3:

  arc> (coerce "1.234" 'int)
or did you mean to say (coerce "1.234" 'num) ?


2 points by conanite 3430 days ago | link

in arc 2,

  arc> (coerce "1.234" 'int)
arguably, this is incorrect, because 1.234 obviously isn't an integer, so arc3 improves on this by rounding. But (coerce "1.234" 'num) isn't available (in arc 2 or 3), so there's no way to use coerce for non-integers.


2 points by pg 3429 days ago | link

I added a clause so (coerce "1.234" 'num) works. Thanks.


1 point by conanite 3429 days ago | link

Cool, thanks. My test scripts were unhappy.