Commit 72759510 authored by POTTIER Francois's avatar POTTIER Francois
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Documented [@build].

parent 7527f247
......@@ -1092,6 +1092,7 @@ from \oc|VisitorsRuntime|. This is done via the \nude parameter
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\subsection{Generating visitors for preexisting types}
Because the \derivingvisitors annotation must be attached to the type
definition, it may seem as if it is impossible to generate a visitor for a
......@@ -2242,6 +2243,67 @@ If desired, instead of \oc|[@name]|, one can use
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\subsection{Alternate construction code in \map visitors}
By default, a \map visitor for an algebraic data type constructs a new data
structure, by applying a data constructor or by allocating a new record.
Sometimes, though, it is illegal to do so: this is the case, for instance, if
the type has been declared \oc|private|.
% Sometimes, the default behavior is well-typed, but is not the desired
% behavior. In that case, it can be customized by overriding a method. Using
% [@build] offers a little extra conciseness and efficiency in that case, but
% this need not be advertised.
% Another solution would be to just write the visitor by hand for a private
% type, but that would require more work from the user.
In such a situation, an alternate constructor can be provided via a
\oc|[@build]| attribute (which must be attached to a data constructor) or via a
\oc|[@@build]| attribute (which must be attached to a record type declaration).
Such an attribute carries an OCaml expression, which should represent a
constructor function.
For instance, suppose that the module \oc|Point| has the following signature:
Suppose that, outside of this module, one wishes to generate a \map visitor
for the type \oc|Point.point|. One would like to do this in the style that was
presented earlier (\sref{sec:import}), but a naïve attempt fails: the
generated visitor is illegal, because allocating a record of type
\oc|Point.point| is forbidden. To circumvent this problem, one should
indicate, via a \oc|[@@build]| attribute, that the constructor function
\oc|Point.make| should be used:
type point = Point.point = private { x: int; y: int }
[@@build Point.make]
[@@deriving visitors { variety = "map" }]
The OCaml expression carried by a \oc|[@build]| attribute can refer to the
local variable \oc|self|, which represents the visitor object, and to the
local variable \oc|env|, which represents the environment received by the
visitor method.
\oc|[@build]| attributes influence not only \map visitors,
but also \mapendo and \mapreduce visitors.
Instead of \oc|[@build]|, one can use
\oc|[]| or \oc|[]|.
% Be careful not to misspell the attribute name,
% as the attribute would then be silently ignored.
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