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Re: recursive anonymous subroutines

by Zaxo (Archbishop)
on Apr 06, 2006 at 16:05 UTC ( #541713=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to recursive anonymous subroutines


That's too bad, too. I've occasionally wanted something like that myself.

What semantics should that have, do you think? A magical local variable which points to the current block? [Added]: Or extend redo to apply to code blocks?

After Compline,

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Re^2: recursive anonymous subroutines
by ambrus (Abbot) on Apr 06, 2006 at 16:27 UTC

    The J language has something like that, a magical operator called $: which always refers to the innermost verb it is used at.

    However, I don't like that, and don't think it would be a good idea for perl. I'd rather like something like (one form of) the let macro in scheme. The equivalent to this would be something like this in perl: the hypothetical let NAME { BODY } ARGS could be equivalent to do { my sub NAME { BODY }; NAME(ARGS); }, where you can call NAME in the BODY too. Except we'd need a different name instead of let.

    Update: redo wouldn't help. That only works if you have tail recursion. Redo doesn't return.

      the whole point is not to name the beast. I like the idea of a $thingy :
      (sub {... $thingy->(...) ... )->(args);
      would suit me just fine. Oh well. I can live without it.

      Thanks again.
        It's been done.
        use Sub::Recursive; recursive { ... $REC->(...) ... }->(args)

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