Discussion Thread: DIP 1037--Add Unary Operator ...--Community Review Round 1

Manu turkeyman at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 09:20:15 UTC 2020

On Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 2:45 PM Q. Schroll via Digitalmars-d <
digitalmars-d at puremagic.com> wrote:

> On Tuesday, 3 November 2020 at 07:05:19 UTC, Manu wrote:
> > There's a grammar change that supports:
> >    alias staticMap(F, Args...) = F!Args...;
> > And also:
> >   MyTemplate!(expr...) <-- appearance in template parameter
> > lists
> >
> > It's also deliberate and necessary that the grammar is NOT
> > modified such
> > that `...` could be accepted in argument list definitions, [...]
> > I actually really like this incidental restriction; it makes
> > declarations clearer.
> I really don't think that such a special case is necessary. Maybe
> one way to litigate this is to (using terms just learned from
> Andrei) require the pattern to be in parentheses. Since
> `identifier...` (where identifier is a tuple) is the same as
> `identifier` per se, one could solve the question how long the
> `...` expands to the right by requiring parentheses. No one ever
> asked how far template arguments are read, i.e. whether T!Arg[0]
> means (T!Arg)[0] or T!(Arg[0]) because it is single token or you
> need parentheses. Not even T![0,1,2] (an array literal) compiles!
> So... maybe it is (pattern)... that is The Right Thing™? That
> way, you can have it in function parameter lists:
>      void func((pattern)... args) { .. }
> An example would be
>      void func(Ts...)((Ts[])... args) { .. }
> for a function template taking any kinds of slices. It is
> unambiguous because the parentheses aren't legal in current state
> of D.

Good point. Except elipsis would be inside the parens.
That is absolutely possible, and it might even already just happen to work
because how the grammar is naturally.

Notice that `const(Ts)...` is still the old syntax, i.e. the
> `...` are for type-safe variadic parameters. Full example:
> https://run.dlang.io/is/3QvFCA
> Since there are types like int* that can be expressed with a
> token sequence that aren't legal as expressions, there is a need
> for type patterns and expression patterns; or patterns in general
> must accommodate types and expressions together.
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