Assorted s-expression utilities for Julia
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June 2016


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S-expressions simplify many things. Therefore, easy handling of s-expressions is useful.


Although this package is registered, it is not complete. However, the chance of breaking changes is quite low (as mostly the parser will just be made more permissive, not less), and any breaking changes will be communicated with a new major version. Julia v1.0 and higher are supported.

Parsing and pretty-printing

This package provides a simple recursive descent parser for s-expressions:

julia> sx"""
       (define (sqr x) (* x x))
(define (sqr x) (* x x))

Note that the parser is neither fast nor memory-efficient, but it is simple. It doesn’t support any fancy features, even those present in most lisps.

As is the convention, a pretty-printed representation is available using the IOContext flag for :multiline. Note that this package is “language”-agnostic and won’t format for any particular language, and doesn’t understand keywords, but rather it will format in accordance with general principles. Note that this flag is the default on the REPL.

julia> sx"""
       (define multiply-by-four-and-add-five
         (let ([four 4]
               [five 5])
           (λ (x) (+ (* x four) five))))
  (let ((four 4) (five 5)) (λ (x) (+ (* x four) five))))

This is not fast either. This package is not intended for huge files containing s-expressions.

In lisp tradition, this package heavily relies on recursion. Of course, this means that you can probably break it with a stack overflow if you use it on very large data. It’s also not fast! Buyer beware!


Why is this package not written in a lisp?

Julia is a lisp.

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