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Re: Named Parameters

Dave Mitchell
December 16, 2019 12:26
Re: Named Parameters
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On Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 11:54:48AM +0000, wrote:
> Dave Mitchell <> wrote:
> :On Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 04:44:24PM +0000, wrote:
> :> Dave Mitchell <> wrote:
> :> :Duplicate named arguments are allowed, the last value being used. This
> :> :allows the useful idiom of foo(%defaults, %options) to work.
> :> [...]
> :> :Note that for duplicate arguments, only the right-most value is likely to
> :> :evaluated; for example foo(name => $tied1, name => $tied2) would likely
> :> :only call (tied $tied2)->FETCH(), although we don't guarantee this.
> :> 
> :> Such a guarantee would be useful for the foo(%defaults, %options) idiom.
> :
> :That's not obvious to me, Could you expand upon it?
> %defaults could include values that are expensive to evaluate (eg via tie);
> a guarantee that they would not be evaluated unnecessarily would make that
> a reasonable thing to do. Failing such a guarantee one would probably choose
> instead to write extra code at each calling site to check manually whether
> the default is needed.
> It's only a small benefit, not one worth moving the world for; but if once
> we have an implementation it appears we could offer the guarantee with
> no impact, it might be worth doing so.

I see what you mean. I think it would probably safe to upgrade that to a

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