[m-dev.] Infix syntax proposal

Fergus Henderson fjh at cs.mu.OZ.AU
Thu Aug 15 00:01:38 AEST 2002

On 14-Aug-2002, Michael Day <mikeday at yeslogic.com> wrote:
> > I propose the following amendment to the infix syntax -- add a declaration 
> > to the language of the form:
> > 
> > :- infix foo, bar, baz.
> While people may discuss the proposed syntax addition, this part seems
> more important:
> > I propose that this infix transformer, if accepted, become part of the 
> > (m)make process, so that the first source transformation resolves infix 
> > calls and is transparent to users of mmake/mmc.
> Such a process should be extensible to invoke moose on parser modules and
> any other macro expansion style transformers, as per the discussion on
> this list some several months ago.
> This would scratch an itch that many developers are obviously feeling, and
> make the syntax trivially amenable to alteration and extension without
> hacking the compiler, which would be a Good Thing.

Well, with Mmake it's already very easy to add arbitrary preprocessors.
All that is required is a couple of lines in your Mmakefile per preprocessor.
See samples/expand_term.m for details.

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