Julia mixin macros. Mixed, not stirred
Author rafaqz
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April 2018


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Mixers.jl provides mixin macros, for writing, well, "DRY" code.

Mixers are useful when types share a subset of fields but have no common concrete type, or adding one would add unnecessary, annoying nesting. Generally it shouldn't be a replacement for regular composition.

The @mix and @premix macros generate custom macros that can add fields to any struct, preserving parametric types and macros such as @with_kw from Parameters.jl. @mix and @premix macros can also be applied to @mix macros, allowing a kind of mixin inheritance.

@premix inserts fields and types at the start of the definition:

@premix struct Fruitjuice{P,B}

@Fruitjuice struct Punch{L}

julia> fieldnames(Punch)

3-element Array{Symbol,1}:

julia> punch = Punch(20, 150, 2.5)
Punch{Int64,Int64,Float64}(20, 15, 12.5) 

@mix puts them at the end:

using Parameters
using Unitful

@mix @with_kw struct Soda{J}
    soda::J = 2u"L"

@Soda struct Drink{M,B}
    lemon::M = 0.4u"kg"
    lime::B = 0.2u"kg"

julia> fieldnames(Drinks)

3-element Array{Symbol,1}:

Notice how we added that @with_kw to Soda but left it off Drinks? Inheritable macro chains are a thing!

The only thing @mix does not preserve is parent abstract types, like @mix struct Lemonade <: AbstractDrink. These can't really be mixed in as types can only have one parent, so we keep thing simple and add type inheritance on the actual struct. If there is anything else @mix ignores that it shouldn't, open an issue.

One gotcha is the need to put empty curly braces on a struct with no parametric fields, if it is going to have parametric fields after @mix or @premix. This keeps Mixers.jl code simple, and is a clear visual reminder that the struct is actually parametrically typed:

@Fruitjuice struct Juice{} end

To make mixins usable in other modules or scripts, qualify types with the module name :

@mix struct Juice{A, B<:MyModule.MyType} end

(this may or may not be a good idea - Mixers was intended for code reuse inside a module)

Lastly, @pour is a basic version of @mix. It generates simple macros that insert lines of code. It doesn't have to be used with structs:

@pour milk begin

taste() = @milk

julia> taste()                                                                      

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