A small package to simplify partial function application
Author archermarx
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October 2020


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This is a small Julia package that makes partial function application as simple as possible


To apply an argument x to a function f, use the $ binary operator like so

julia> f $ x
f(x, ...)

To apply multiple arguments, wrap them in a Tuple, like you would a normal function call

julia> f $ (x, y, z)
f(x, y, z, ...)
julia> f = println $ (("This is", "a Tuple"),)
println(("This is", "a Tuple"), ...)

julia> f(", and this is an additional argument")
("This is", "a Tuple"), and this is an additional argument


julia> using PartialFunctions

julia> a(x) = x^2
a (generic function with 1 method)

julia> f = map $ a
map(a, ...)

julia> f([1,2,3])
3-element Array{Int64,1}:
julia> simonsays = println $ "Simon says: "
println("Simon says: ", ...)

julia> simonsays("Partial function application is cool!")
Simon says: Partial function application is cool!

julia> typeof(simonsays)

The Reverse Pipe

PartialFunctions also exports the <|, or "reverse pipe" operator, which can be used to apply the arguments succeeding it to the function preceding it. This operator has low precedence, making it useful when chaining function calls if one wants to avoid a lot of parentheses

Here's an extremely contrived example to add a bunch of numbers together

julia> (+) $ 2 $ 3 $ 5 $ 10 <| 12

Unlike the normal pipe (|>), it can also be used with tuples of arguments

julia> (+) <| (1, 2)...

Passing an empty tuple calls the preceding function with zero arguments

julia> a = isequal $ (1, 2)
isequal(1, 2, ...)

julia> isequal $ (1, 2) <| ()   # equivalent to a() or isequal(1, 2)