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Parameterizable

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NAME

Parameterizable - Make a class parameterizable

SYNOPSIS

use Parameterizable;

role Fooey[::Type] {
    method of() { Type }
}

class Foo is Parameterizable {
    method MIXIN(Mu:U \type) { Fooey[type] }
}

my $obj = Foo[Int].new;
say $obj.of; # OUTPUT: «(Int)␤»

DESCRIPTION

class Parameterizable {}

Roles can be parameterized, and in almost all cases such a role can be used as if it were a class because Raku supports automatic role punning. One unsupported use case is a method that assigns to the invocant, for example to support autovivification. If a type wants to support that, it must be a class. But classes are not parameterizable... or are they?

Class Parameterizable uses an undocumented Rakudo feature that allows classes to be parameterized. To support parameterization, a class may simply inherit from Parameterizable and define a method MIXIN that maps positional arguments to a role definition. The class can then be parameterized with arguments that are accepted by a .MIXIN candidate.

Class parameterization works by mixing in the role returned by .MIXIN. The parameterized class is given a name that includes the types of arguments it was parameterized with.

SEE ALSO

AUTHOR

Peter du Marchie van Voorthuysen

Source can be located at: https://github.com/dumarchie/raku-parameterizable

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright 2022 Peter du Marchie van Voorthuysen

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the Artistic License 2.0.