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2 points by fallintothis 3327 days ago | link | parent

should the core high level function work against different data structure?

The answer seems to be a resounding yes. Polymorphism was one of Arc's main principles when it was 3 weeks old (http://paulgraham.com/arcll1.html), and one that's been more-or-less preserved to this day -- just clunkily.

doesn't work with hash

I don't care for maptable in Arc. Seems like something that should be done by map. I address the point about hash-tables-as-sequences more in http://arclanguage.org/item?id=12341.

Also, what do you think about multimethods? Do you think it's something useful to be added in Arc?

From what I've seen, generic functions (single dispatch or multimethods) seem a "Lisp-y" way of solving the type-dispatch problem, and you don't really need to go full-blown OO about it. But I don't know much about other options.

However, (map [string "test" _] "123") should work :-/

Oh, I agree. I was just saying, the case could be made. :P

I think my map-as (from your original thread: http://arclanguage.org/item?id=12341) reflects map's intended behavior best, since coerce is really our standard for how types should interact. Not that it should be implemented that way, necessarily. But since coerce will flatten strings, it seems fair to say that

  (map [string "test" _] "123")
and

  (coerce (map1 [string "test" _] (coerce "123" 'cons)) 'string)
should return the same thing. At present, map errors, but

  arc> (coerce (map1 [string "test" _] (coerce "123" 'cons)) 'string)
  "test1test2test3"
The map-as approach would still preserve the input type == output type behavior, but do it by coerce's rules, which happen to play nicely with strings here.


1 point by akkartik 3327 days ago | link

I've been thinking about the semantics of maptable. Right now it seems misnamed; it iterates over the table before returning it unmodified. But what should the right semantics be? Should it return a table with modified values for the same set of keys? Or should it return a list? Or should each iteration return a (k v) pair so you can get a new table with entirely new keys (I think map-as does this)? All of these could be useful; I think we need a more elaborate language than just map/fold to describe them.

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