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digitalmars.D.bugs - [Issue 2635] New: $ for user-defined slices should forward to value.length, not global __dollar. Also injected "length" must go.

reply d-bugmail puremagic.com writes:

           Summary: $ for user-defined slices should forward to
                    value.length, not global __dollar. Also injected
                    "length" must go.
           Product: D
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P2
         Component: DMD
        AssignedTo: bugzilla digitalmars.com
        ReportedBy: andrei metalanguage.com

Good uses of $ came forth in conjunction with infinite ranges and
sentinel-terminated ranges (e.g. singly-linked lists). Those don't have a
length defined or easily computed, so slicing with range[n .. $] is possible
whereas range[n .. m] is not possible. 

To effect that, no extra opDollar etc. is needed; we can work with the "length"
attribute of the value being indexed/sliced.

a) In slice expressions and index expressions with ONE argument, $ should
expand to value.length, where value is the object being indexed/sliced (if an
unnamed temporary, the value is of course only evaluated once).

b) In index expressions with multiple arguments, $ expand to value.length(i),
where i is the zero-based argument position.

This is exactly enough what's needed to make it all work. Infinite
ranges may define a symbolic infinite length and overload slicing on it.

Jan 29 2009
parent d-bugmail puremagic.com writes:

------- Comment #1 from schveiguy yahoo.com  2009-01-29 20:28 -------
I think expanding to length is not always correct, although I do agree that it
can be solved with the proposed method.

Length is not always the name of the term you would pass to a slice.

Example: sorted dictionary (Red-black tree based for instance).  A slice of
this container would use two key types as slice indexes.  So you would have to
define a property length that returns a key, which is super unintuitive for
people who are trying to use the length property outside a slicing operation
(imagine if the key type is string, your length has to return a string).

I think the opDollar would suit this rather well, but maybe call it opSliceEnd,
or something like that (to follow the spirit of current operator naming

Jan 29 2009