static map as a type function

Andrei Alexandrescu SeeWebsiteForEmail at
Thu Sep 24 16:33:37 UTC 2020

On 9/24/20 11:59 AM, Stefan Koch wrote:
> On Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 15:57:03 UTC, Stefan Koch wrote:
>> On Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 15:54:55 UTC, Adam D. Ruppe wrote:
>>> On Thursday, 24 September 2020 at 14:36:45 UTC, Stefan Koch wrote:
>>>> Let me show you the code that does only
>>> What if TypeInfo was templated instead of magically generated? So the 
>>> compiler doesn't need to do all this stuff.
>> You still have to instantiate all those templates and do it correctly.
>> Which means the compiler needs some way of exposing all the 
>> information via the templates system.
>> Which essentially requires the same code.
> Oh and typeinfo has to be generated eagerly!
> Whereas the current way it works with ctfe is lazy.
> Which means as long as nothing else requires typeinfo, using it at CTFE 
> does not require you to generate it.
> So code that only uses type info at ctfe does compile with -betterC.

Actually it works to generate typeinfo objects lazily, on demand. I was 
quite surprised about how nicely that works as I was working on

I sketched something here:

The code compiles and evaluates correctly during compilation. The URL 
shortener seems to have problems so I'll also paste the code below:

// Base class for CT and RT type information.
immutable abstract class NewTypeInfo {
     size_t tsize();

// Implementation for given type T.
immutable class NewTypeInfoImpl(T) : NewTypeInfo {
     override size_t tsize() {
         return T.sizeof;

// Use __typeid!T to get a singleton object associated with type T.
@property immutable(NewTypeInfo) __typeid(T)() {
     static immutable singleton = new NewTypeInfoImpl!T;
     return singleton;

auto static_map_tf(alias F)(immutable NewTypeInfo[] types...)
     typeof(F(types[0]))[] result;
     result.length = types.length;
     foreach(i, t; types)
         result[i] = F(t);
     return result;

static assert(static_map_tf!(t => t.tsize)(__typeid!int, 
__typeid!ushort) == [4, 2]);

void main() {}

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