jueves, 24 de diciembre de 2015

Lux Tutorial #1: Simple TODO list using Vert.x

Hello, and welcome to the 4th entry in the Lux Devlog, a blog dedicated to the design and implementation of the Lux Programming Language, an upcoming functional language in the Lisp tradition.

This post is going to be a very special one, because it's going to be the first full-fledged Lux tutorial.
It's also going to be a special tutorial, because rather than just showing you some syntax, functions and features of Lux, I'm actually going to show you an actual sample program I made for this occasion in order to illustrate all the features I'll be introducing.

You can also get the source code of the program to play with it and study at your leisure from this repo: https://github.com/LuxLang/tutorial1

OK, so... the 1st thing you need to do is clone that repo, as we're going to dive into the source code.

But first things first. We need to know how to compile the program and it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a peek at the finished product before we start reading the code.

First, make sure you have Leiningen installed, which is the build tool currently being used for Lux development.
If you don't have Leiningen, you can find out how to install it over here: http://leiningen.org/

Got Leiningen? Great!

Now, you need to get the Lux compiler we'll be using.
Download this one from the 0.3.1 release: https://github.com/LuxLang/lux/releases/download/0.3.1/luxc.jar and place it in the tutorial1 directory.

Next, fire up a terminal and head to the tutorial1 directory.
Now, issue this command: lein luxc compile

Once the compilation process is complete, we can run the server.
Type: java -jar target/jvm/program.jar
Now, go to http://localhost:8080/

Play with it all you want.
It's a very simple app.
As you can see, all of the work is being done in the server, with no JavaScript involved. That's because I wanted to focus the tutorial purely on Lux.
Note: There is no persistence for the TODO list, so once the server process is killed, your tasks are going to go away.

By the way, the CSS was borrowed from the TodoMVC project (with some minor alterations). All the credit for the beautiful design goes to them.

Now, before we dig into the code, I think it's a good idea to delineate what we're going to see.
The app contains a small library for generating HTML from Lux (as Text), as well as a small library for generating CSS (also as Text).
Aside from that, it includes some code for working with the Vert.x platform and some code for managing the state of the program (represented as a list, since it's a TODO program).

Also, it would be a good idea to have some editor support when checking out the .lux files, so if you're an Emacs user, I suggest you install lux-mode. You can find it here: https://github.com/LuxLang/lux-mode

Now, without further ado, let's dive into the code!



Before we get into the complicated stuff, let's get our feet wet with something simple... like HTML generation.

Head over to this file and give it a glance.
 (;import lux  
          (lux (data (text #open ("text:" Text/Monoid))  
                     (list #refer #all #open ("" List/Functor List/Fold)))  
               (meta lux  
                     (ast #as ast))))  

The first thing you'll see is this.
The imports section is the first part in any Lux module (Lux modules are just files ending in the .lux extension).

You'll notice that, unlike in many other languages, the name of the module itself is never specified.
That reason is that, to avoid unnecessary repetition, Lux just assumes that the name of the file corresponds to the module itself. Also, the nesting of the directories corresponds to the nesting of modules.

Now, let's analyse this for a moment.
The first thing that's imported is the lux module, which serves as a prelude full of useful functions and (mostly) macros.

After that, I import the lux/data/text and lux/data/list modules, alongside lux/meta/luxlux/meta/syntax and lux/meta/ast.
As you can image, nesting of module names can be done up to arbitrary depths.
If you just import a module, as is the case for lux/meta/syntax, you get all of it's exported definitions as top level definitions on your module.
However, if you give the module extra options, that assumption is no longer made and you must explicitly #refer which definitions you want. In the case of lux/data/list I want everything, so I #refer #all.
I can also give aliases to modules, in cases in which I don't want to import what they have but would like to, instead, refer to every definition in a piecemeal manner, using the alias to avoid having to prefix every definition with the full module name.
An example if this is when I import the lux/meta/ast module. The alias is introduced with the #as option.
Finally, you'll see that there's a weird option called #open. It's used for taking structures and generating top-level definitions out of their members. The text you see before each structure serves to declare a prefix to use when generating the top-level definitions. This is useful in order to avoid potential clashes, or just to better track what came from where.
Thanks to those #open options, we now have access to the map and foldL functions, both working for lists, but also to the text:++ function, for concatenating texts.

There's a bit more to importing than what we've seen here, but we'll leave that for future lessons. For now, let's move on to the rest of this file.
 (deftype #export Html Text)  
 (deftype #export Attributes  
   (List (, Text Text)))  

Here, we're defining what we mean by HTML and HTML attributes. As I previously said, our HTML will be Text, and our attributes will just be KV pairs of Text.
 (def attributes^  
   (Parser (List (, Text AST)))  
   (record^ (*^ (&^ text^ id^))))  
 (defsyntax #export (@attrs [attrs attributes^])  
   (:: Lux/Monad (wrap (@list (` (: Attributes  
                                    (@list (~@ (map (: (-> (, Text AST) AST)  
                                                       (lambda [[key val]]  
                                                         (` [(~ (ast;text key)) (~ val)])))  

Things start getting interesting, as we define our first macro!

To make defining HTML attributes a bit easier, we define the @attrs macro to take the attributes in { record syntax } and generate the list of tuples we need for the action attributes.
It even adds some code to do type-checking to ensure the result is a valid attributes object.

We can also see some pieces of Lux syntax you're probably unfamiliar with, so let's dissect this for a moment.

First, you'll notice I'm defining the macro using defsyntax. There's a defmacro macro for doing this too, but it's a bit more low-level and requires that you handle the AST tokens you receive manually.
To make things easier, defsyntax relies on monadic parsing of the AST tokens.
Here, we're parsing the tokens using the attributes^ parser defined above and storing the result inside the attrs variable.

If you look at the definition of of attributes^, you'll notice that it's build by using parser combinators. That's one of the beautiful things about monadic parsing, you can build bigger parsers by just combining smaller ones.
Here, we're using the record^ combinator, which flattens the elements of records in order to provide the given parser with a list of the flattened KV pairs.
The *^ combinator allows us to parse 0 or more instances of whatever the parser you give it can parse.
Then, the &^ combinator receives two parsers and attempts to run them in sequence, returning a tuple of their outputs.
text^ only succeeds if it encounters a #TextS token, in which case it returns it's content.
id^ is the identity parser and just returns to you the first AST token it finds.
The type of our attributes^ parser correctly represents the parser we build.

Now, back to @attrs!
You'll notice there's some funny bit of syntax involving Lux/Monad (which, by the way, is one of the definitions we imported from lux/meta/lux). The :: macro allows us to use individual members from structures, and in this case we're using wrap (Lux's version of Haskell's return function).

We're wrapping a list of syntax tokens, with just 1 token being generated by the back-quote ` macro. We're generating our attributes KV list and each tuple is being generated by mapping a function over the attributes we parsed. The ast;text function takes care of wrapping the text labels back as AST nodes.
We needed to parse them in the first place to ensure that they were really text nodes and not something silly, like numbers. But now it's time to turn them back into AST nodes.

. . .

Bellow @attrs there are 2 funny-looking macro definitions, but I'll talk about them later, as they'll become necessary at the end of this file.
 (def (concat-with sep elems)  
   (-> Text (List Text) Text)  
   (|> elems  
       (interpose sep)  
       (foldL text:++ "")))  
 (def (attrs->text attrs)  
   (-> Attributes Text)  
   (|> attrs  
       (map (lambda [[key val]] ($ text:++ key "=" "\"" val "\"")))  
       (concat-with " ")))  
 (def #export (node name attrs children)  
   (-> Text Attributes (List Html) Html)  
   ($ text:++ "<" name " " (attrs->text attrs) ">" (concat-with " " children) "</" name ">"))  

We're now at the meat of this, with the actual HTML generation.
The node function takes care of that, receiving the tag-name, it's attributes and any children the tag might have.
The attrs->text and concat-with functions take care of the minutiae of how to generate some of the HTML code.

However, it would be pretty tiresome to have to invoke the node function every time we want to generate some HTML, and using the @attrs macro would also become tiresome after a while.

That's the reason behind the code right at the bottom of this file:
 (do-template [<name>]  
   [(let% [<fun-name> (%tag-func-name% <name>)]  
      (def #export <fun-name>  
        (node (%tag% <name>)))  
      (defsyntax #export (<name> attrs [children (*^ id^)])  
        (let [attrs' (case attrs  
                       [_ (#;RecordS _)]  
                       (` (@attrs (~ attrs)))  
          (:: Lux/Monad (wrap (@list (` (<fun-name> (~ attrs') (@list (~@ children))))))))))]  
   ## Head  
   ## Body  

To make writing HTML in Lux easier, we're going to define some convenience macros for us.
They're going to have the names of commonly used tags and when they receive the attributes, if they're in { record syntax }, the macro will simply wrap them inside an @attrs call to ensure the proper conversion is performed.

But wait, there's more!
Knowing that sometimes we'll want to use regular functions instead of records for generating our HTML, we're also going to be generating functions that do the same thing as our macros.

This is also where I explain what's up with the %tag% and %tag-func-name% macros that were defined earlier.
Since we're only providing the names of the macros to do-template, we need some way to generate the tag from there (which has to be in text form), and also the name of the function.

%tag% turns a symbol into text, and thus takes care of the tag for use.
%tag-func-name%, on the other hand, takes a symbol and appends a ' to the end, thereby turning div into div' and span into span'. These will be our functions.

Also, I'd like to point out something that might have puzzled you.
In the code for generating the macros for our tags, we receive the attrs AST node, but we don't specify how we parse it. It's just a symbol (attrs)!
What's going on is that whenever defsyntax encounters just-a-symbol, it assumes you don't want to do any kind of fanciful parsing and just treats it as is you had written [attrs id^].

Also, you might be puzzled about the weird let% macro up there. If you've never seen it before, or you forgot how it worked, then I'd recommend you read this post before continuing: http://luxlang.blogspot.com/2015/11/custom-pattern-matching-and-advanced.html

We've gone over our first Lux module! Now it's only 8 more to go!
Don't worry, though. Since we've seen a lot already, I won't be explain stuff we've already seen and I'll only talk about snippets introducing new concepts.

With that in mind, let's proceed!


The code is very similar to the one for HTML generation.
CSS is also text and the style for each rule is also a text-based list of KVs, with the style^ parser and @style macro being exact mirrors of attributes^ and @attrs (which is not a coincidence, since I copy-pasted the code).

The rule' function is just like node for HTML, and it even uses the same kinds of helpers.
Since there isn't a variety of rules for CSS in the same way that there are a variety of tags, there was no need to generate several macros. rule will do just fine.

However, there is a major difference between rule and node which is that node gave you back 1 piece of text, whereas rule gives you back a RuleSet, which is a list of rules (which are text).
The css function takes care of joining them together into 1 piece of text (or CSS).

The reason for rule working the way it does is that is changes the ruleset you give it in order to nest rules/styles.
You'll see what I'm talking about once we generate some CSS later on.


Things start getting fun in this module.

 (;import lux  
          (lux (codata io)  
               (data maybe  
                    (text #open ("text:" Text/Eq))  
                    (list #refer #all #open ("" List/Functor))  
                    (number #open ("i:" Int/Show)))  
               (host jvm)  
               (meta lux  
                     (ast #as ast)  
          (.. (html #as &html)  
              (css #as &css)))  

First, we notice something funny with our imports syntax.
What's up with that .. over there? What does it do?
As some of you might imagine, Lux's import syntax supports some measure of relative positioning to about writing superfluous paths in our imports syntax.
Both . and .. are supported.
Note, though, that Lux imports do not support the full syntax of file paths, as they're not file-paths, so trying something clever will probably just end up in a compiler error.
With that said, relative positioning helps in writing shorter code, plus you also get the benefit that if you move modules around, you get to break less paths, as modules can be agnostic of what their parent modules happen to be.
 ## [Host]  
 (jvm-import java.lang.String  
   (getBytes [] [] (Array byte)))  

Here we encounter our first instance of JVM interop.
The jvm-import macro generates types and functions for you, given descriptions of Java classes (or interfaces) and their methods.
As you can see, the specs don't need to be complete and the classes can have type-parameters (which is not the case for String, though).

Here, we're saying that the getBytes method doesn't have any type-parameters of it's own (the 1st tuple), nor does it take any arguments (the 2nd tuple). It returns an array of bytes.
Mind you, Lux doesn't allow you to have variables or definitions of primitive JVM types, but arrays are fair game, as the JVM offers different kinds of arrays, optimized for each case.
Whenever you're working with individual values inside those arrays, some measure of wrapping/unwrapping is performed, so buyer beware!

In this case, jvm-import will generate for us a String definition, for the type, and a String::getBytes definition, for a function masking the method call.
For those of you who might be wondering, it's perfectly possible to do interop without this, but the Lux primitives for doing interop are cumbersome to use, since they map very directly to the JVM bytecode instructions. To avoid all that hassle, it's best to use macros such as jvm-import (which, I forgot to say, comes from the lux/host/jvm module).

. . .

Back the file!
You'll be seeing various type definitions, as we define the basics for doing HTTP communications and request handling, separate from the primitives which Vert.x provides.
We'll later be plugging things together in another module...

The @headers macro works just like @attrs and @style, since HttpHeaders are also just lists of text KVs.

We have some functions for easily generating HTTP responses and them some utility functions.
Nothing too fancy here.
 (do-template [<name> <type> <content-type>]  
   [(def #export (<name> value)  
      (-> <type> HttpResponse)  
      (let [value-bytes (String::getBytes [] value)]  
        {#response-status 200  
         #response-headers (|> empty-headers  
                               (add-header "Content-Length" (i:show (array-length value-bytes)))  
                               (add-header "Content-Type" <content-type>))  
         #response-body value-bytes}))]  
   [html-response &html;Html "text/html"]  
   [css-response  &css;CSS   "text/css"]  

You'll notice, though, that we're using the String::getBytes function for the first time!
The function takes the method arguments as a tuple (in this case empty, since there are none), and the object is being given last.

You'll also notice the array-length macro being used. It's also defined inside the lux/host/jvm module.


It's time to drop the kiddy gloves and get into full-on interop territory!
Let's take a look at some of the new things this module has got to show us!
 (jvm-import io.vertx.core.Vertx  
   (#static vertx [] [] io.vertx.core.Vertx #io)  
   (createHttpServer [] [] io.vertx.core.http.HttpServer #io)  
   (deployVerticle  [] [io.vertx.core.Verticle] void #io))  

Here, you'll notice there's an odd #io tag at the end of our methods.
This is one of the nice services jvm-import can provide for us.
With this, it wraps the type of the return value inside an IO type, so we can better state that we're dealing with a side-effecting or stateful methods.

We can also see that by using #static, we can import static methods into our code.
Unlike normal methods, static methods don't take object instances are arguments, so it's fine to just pass them the arguments tuple.
 (jvm-import io.vertx.core.http.HttpServerResponse  
   (headers [] [] io.vertx.core.MultiMap)  
   (setStatusCode [] [int] io.vertx.core.http.HttpServerResponse)  
   (write [] [io.vertx.core.buffer.Buffer] io.vertx.core.http.HttpServerResponse)  
   (end [] [] void))  

Methods with void return values just give you back [] (unit) as the return value.

 (jvm-import #long (java.util.List e)  
   (size [] [] int)  
   (get [] [int] e))  

If, for whatever reason, we don't want the name of an imported class to get short when importing it, we can just use the #long option to specify that we want it's long name.
In this case, using it's short name would make it clash with Lux's List type, so we'd rather avoid that.
 (def (extract-param entries idx)  
   (-> (java.util.List (Map$Entry Text Text)) Int (, Text Text))  
   (let [entry (java.util.List::get [(_jvm_l2i idx)] entries)]  
     [(Map$Entry::getKey [] entry) (Map$Entry::getValue [] entry)]))  

Sometimes, we need to perform some conversions when doing JVM interop.
Lux's Int type actually maps to Java's longs, rather than ints. In order to invoke java.util.List's get method, we need to turn our long into an int, and that's the job of the _jvm_l2i special form.
There are many others like it for performing simple conversions between primitives.
 (do-template [<name> <method> <type>]  
   [(def (<name> req)  
      (-> HttpServerRequest <type>)  
      (let [entries (|> req (<method> []) (MultiMap::entries []))]  
        (map (extract-param entries)  
             (range Int/Enum 0 (dec (_jvm_i2l (java.util.List::size [] entries)))))))]  
   [get-headers      HttpServerRequest::headers        &;HttpHeaders]  
   [get-query-params HttpServerRequest::params         &;HttpParams]  
   [get-form-params  HttpServerRequest::formAttributes &;HttpParams]  

If you haven't gotten acquainted to it yet, |> is Lux's pipeline macro, and it works the same as Clojure's ->> macro.
 (def (respond! response request)  
   (-> &;HttpResponse HttpServerRequest (IO (,)))  
   (do IO/Monad  
     [#let [(\slots [#&;response-status #&;response-headers #&;response-body]) response]  
      $response (HttpServerRequest::response [] request)  
      #let [_ (HttpServerResponse::setStatusCode [(_jvm_l2i response-status)] $response)  
            mm (foldL (: (-> MultiMap (, Text Text) MultiMap)  
                         (lambda [headers pair] (MultiMap::add pair headers)))  
                      (HttpServerResponse::headers [] $response)  
            _ (HttpServerResponse::write [(Buffer::buffer [response-body])] $response)  
            _ (HttpServerResponse::end [] $response)]]  
     (wrap [])))  

Here, we're getting our first look into how to write monadic code in Lux.
do is our macro for monadic do-notation (implemented inside the lux/control/monad module).
You give it the monad implementation you need and it does it's thing.
#let is an option for making simple lexical binding and \slots helps us easily destructure the response in order to translate it into something Vert.x can understand.

Since we passed the #io option when importing HttpServerRequest::response, it plays well with the IO/Monad.
The methods in HttpServerResponse weren't annotated with #io because I forgot (hehe), but if they had been, they would have also been used directly in the do-notation.
 (def (request$ req body)  
   (-> HttpServerRequest &;HttpBody &;HttpRequest)  
   {#&;request-method (|> req (HttpServerRequest::method []) (Object::toString []) &;HttpMethod$ (? #&;OPTIONS))  
    #&;request-uri  (let [raw-uri (HttpServerRequest::uri [] req)]  
                      (? raw-uri  
                         (do Maybe/Monad  
                           [[uri params] (text;split-with "?" raw-uri)]  
                           (wrap uri))))  
    #&;request-headers (get-headers req)  
    #&;request-params (get-params req)  
    #&;request-body  body})  

You might be wondering what's the deal with the ? thingy over there.
That's just a function from the lux/data/maybe module which does the same thing as Scala's getOrElse method for Option.
 (def (http-handler server)  
   (-> &;RequestHandler (Handler HttpServerRequest))  
   (object java.lang.Object [(io.vertx.core.Handler io.vertx.core.http.HttpServerRequest)]  
     (#override (io.vertx.core.Handler A) handle [] [(vreq A)] void  
                (exec (|> vreq  
                          (HttpServerRequest::setExpectMultipart [true])  
                            [(body-handler (lambda [body']  
                                             (let [body (Buffer::getBytes [] body')]  
                                               (do IO/Monad  
                                                 [#let [request (request$ vreq body)]  
                                                  response (server request)]  
                                                 (respond! response vreq)  

Whoah! What is going on over here!?

In order to handle requests and perform other operations, we must give Handler implementations to Vert.x, so we better start generating some JVM classes!

The object macro helps use generate anonymous classes. Think of it as a mirror of Clojure's proxy macro.
We specify the super class and any interfaces involved. Any of the super-types can be parameterized, as we see in the case of Handler.
The final tuple is for constructor arguments to pass to the super class, but in most cases it's going to be empty.

You can only override inherited methods and can't create new ones inside anonymous class definitions, which is why there's that #override tag over there.
When we override a method, we must specify who it belongs to.
In this case, it's Handler's. We're also specifying that we'll be referring to Handler's type-parameter as A.
Then comes the name of the method, then a tuple with any method-local type-parameters, then a tuple with any arguments to the method (in this case vreq, of type A), and then comes the return type of the method (remember that void stands for []/unit).

Don't worry about vreq being of type A. The compiler matches that to HttpServerRequest, as per the super-interface previously specified.

Finally, the exec macro allows us to execute several expressions and only gives back the value of the final expression, which makes it a great macro for writing side-effecting imperative code.
 (def (verticle$ port server-fun vertx)  
   (-> &;Port &;RequestHandler Vertx Verticle)  
   (object io.vertx.core.AbstractVerticle []  
     (#override io.vertx.core.AbstractVerticle start [] [(start io.vertx.core.Future)] void  
                (exec (run-io (do IO/Monad  
                                [http-server (Vertx::createHttpServer [] vertx)  
                                 _ (HttpServer::requestHandler [(http-handler server-fun)] http-server)]  
                                (HttpServer::listen [(_jvm_l2i port)] http-server)))  
     (#override io.vertx.core.AbstractVerticle stop [] [(stop io.vertx.core.Future)] void #throws [java.lang.Exception]  
                (run-io (print-line "Verticle stopped!")))))  

Here, we see that you can also specify any exceptions the method might #throw, and we also encounter the run-io function, for executing IO actions.


This module only has a tiny type definition for the tasks in our TODO list.


This module is a bit more interesting.
 (jvm-import (java.util.concurrent.CopyOnWriteArrayList e)  
  (<init> [] []))  
 ## [Types]  
 (deftype #export AppState  
  (CopyOnWriteArrayList &;Task))  
 (deftype #export AppData  
  (List (, Int &;Task)))  

We use CopyOnWriteArrayList for storing our task list.

AppData pairs our tasks with ints (their indices within the list) in order to be able to refer to them later on when marking tasks as completed or deleting them.

The rest of the file just contains bookkeeping functions for handling the program's state.
 (def #export (clear-completed state)  
   (-> AppState (IO Bool))  
   (do IO/Monad  
     [task-list (get-task-list state)  
      _ (|> task-list  
            (map% % (: (-> (, Int &;Task) (IO Bool))  
                       (lambda [[idx task]]  
                         (if (completed-task? task)  
                           (delete-task idx state)  
                           (wrap true))))))]  
     (wrap true)))  

This last function is a bit weirder because of all the % in it.
map% is for mapping functions that return monadic values over lists. Think of it as a Lux mirror of Haskell's mapM function.
The loose % next to is is a bit more puzzling though... What is it!?
It's actually just a simple lexical binding made by the do macro. It contains the monad being used.
It's made so it's possible to refer to IO/Monad (or whatever monad is being used) anywhere inside the code without having to type the full name each time.
Pretty convenient!


This module just contains a bunch of paths and other small values that are used in other parts of the codebase.


 ## [Types]  
 (deftype #export DisplayFilter  
   (| #All  
 ## [Structs]  
 (defstruct DisplayFilter/Eq (Eq DisplayFilter)  
   (def (= x y)  
     (case [x y]  
       (\template [<tag>]  
         [[<tag> <tag>] true])  
       ([#All] [#Active] [#Completed])  

If you played with the app on your browser prior to reading the rest of the tutorial, you'll have noticed that you can filter the tasks that you see on screen.

This type helps with that, and we later use it's Eq structure to help figure out which filter the user chose.

. . .

I won't put here the full definition of css because it's too large.
It's like that for a reason. I chose not to refactor it to make something a bit easier to spot and grasp.

Remember that back when discussing CSS generation I said you could nest rules to establish a styling hierarchy?
Well, here you can see how that plays out.
In the CSS being generated, the selectors nest, so you can end up having something like .todo > .header > .new-task-form > .new-task-input
Nice, huh?
Of course, in real code I'd have just refactored every part and separated them, but having them all lumped together helps in better understanding how each style interacts with the rest.

. . .

After that, we get a bunch of functions for generating HTML, using the macros we defined previously in our little HTML DSL module.
Feel free to peruse all you want.


This is it!
It's time to face the final boss!

The handler function (which is also too large to paste here!) contains the logic for dispatching the HTTP requests and figuring out what to do.

Since there are currently no web-frameworks for Lux, I don't have something like Clojure's Ring or Compojure to simplify routing for me, so I just do a very simple manual dispatching of the incoming requests.

There's nothing in this function that hasn't been seen yet (except, perhaps, the \~ macro, but you can read more about it here: http://luxlang.blogspot.com/2015/11/custom-pattern-matching-and-advanced.html)
I'll just leave you two alone for a moment...

Back here so soon?
OK, then let's discuss the final piece of the puzzle:
 (program args  
   (do IO/Monad  
     [app-state &&state;gen-state]  
     (&&server-host;deploy-server &&util;server-port (handler app-state))))  

program is to Lux programs as main is to programs in other languages.
You get a list of strings as your sole input and you must provide an (IO Unit) value as the result.
Here, we're just initializing the program's state to a fresh list and deploying our server with a handler bound to our state.


 (defproject lux/tutorial1 "0.1.0-SNAPSHOT"  
   :plugins [[lux/lein "0.1.0"]]  
   :dependencies [[lux/stdlib "0.3.1"]  
                  [io.vertx/vertx-web "3.0.0"]]  
   :lux/program "tutorial1")  

I cannot end this tutorial without first discussing the glue that allows the Leiningen build tool to compile Lux programs.

The lux/lein plugin makes use of the luxc.jar file you downloaded previously to compile this tutorial.
In the dependencies, we ask for both the Lux standard library and for Vert.x.

We must also specify the name of the module containing the program statement.


This was a long read, but hopefully it was worth your while.
I'm very happy to finally be able to share this tutorial with you and I hope it has helped you understand how to use Lux to build real programs of your own design.

There will be more tutorials in the future (hopefully much shorter than this one), so stay tuned.

And if you have any questions, feel free to post your comments down below.
I'll gladly help in any way I can.

11 comentarios:

  1. Link to luxc.jar is broken - I think it should be : https://github.com/LuxLang/lux/releases/download/0.3.1/luxc.jar

  2. Thanks for spotting that!
    I just made the edit.

  3. I'm getting an error when I try to compile:

    tutorial1 git:(master) 1A ₹ lein luxc compile
    Picked up JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS: -Dfile.encoding=UTF8
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:=
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:+
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:-
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:*
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:/
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:%
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:negate
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:signum
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:abs
    DEF lux/control/fold;i:from-int
    DEF lux/control/fold;Fold

    Picked up JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS: -Dfile.encoding=UTF8
    Exception in thread "main" java.lang.AssertionError: Assert failed: Can't overwrite file: target/jvm/lux/control/fold/fold.class
    (not (.exists (File. file-name)))
    at lux.compiler.base$write_file.invoke(base.clj:53)
    at lux.compiler.base$write_output.invoke(base.clj:61)
    at lux.compiler.base$save_class_BANG_$fn__4135$fn__4137$fn__4139$fn__4141.invoke(base.clj:83)
    at lux.base$bind$fn__1126.invoke(base.clj:289)
    at lux.base$bind$fn__1126.invoke(base.clj:289)
    at lux.base$bind$fn__1126.invoke(base.clj:289)
    at lux.base$bind$fn__1126.invoke(base.clj:289)
    at lux.base$bind$fn__1126.invoke(base.clj:286)
    at lux.base$bind$fn__1126.invoke(base.clj:289)

  4. Case-insensitive file-system...
    My old nemesis strikes again >_<

    I forgot to test for that before releasing the standard-library.
    You're getting a clash between the fold function and the Fold signature.

    I checked for all clashes and published stdlib 0.3.2-SNAPSHOT all cleaned-up. I also pushed to the tutorial1 repo a cleaned-up version. Everything should compile now without a problem, so just do a "git pull" and you'll be ready to go.

    For v0.3.2, I'll be adding a hash of the name at the end of the file-names of definitions in order to avoid ever getting that problem again.

  5. Thanks - I've stopped bothering to format the fs with case-sensitive flag long time ago on my mac.

  6. It's not working for me!
    With the 3.1 compiler as you describe in the tutorial it does not work, with the 3.2-SNAPSHOT I also get "Unknown Syntax" errors, (I also had an "Unsupported major.minor version 52.0 error", once...)

    With :dependencies [[lux/stdlib "0.3.2"]
    I get the farthest, but still get all kinds of errors I don't understand.
    Can you maybe do a clean checkout (and fix it, if it's not working) or assure me, that I'm doing something wrong on my side?

    1. Hey, could you try with both 0.3.1 compiler & 0.3.1 stdlib and paste the error that you're getting? (preferably also with stack-trace, in case I might need it).

      I ask because it works well for me and I'll need more info to piece out what's going on.

      If you want, we can also carry over the conversation over email. My e-mail is luxlisp@gmail.com

    2. I wrote the previous comment last night, but I hadn't done a clean clone like you suggested (I was a bit tired :/).

      I just did, and I used the 0.3.2-SNAPSHOT stdlib, and everything compiled flawlessly on my machine.

      Please share the compilation errors that you're getting so that I can take a look and help out.

    3. > I also had an "Unsupported major.minor version 52.0 error", once...

      You might be having a problem with the version of Java you have installed on your machine.

      I'm currently using Java version "1.8.0_66" on my computer (which is also the version with which I compiled the luxc 0.3.1 compiler).

      If you're using an older version, there's a chance it might interfere.

      Also, I don't know when you got the code for Tutorial1, or if you got it before or after I made the patch to solve Vijay's issue.

      When I tried compiling the code a short while ago, I made a brand new clone from github; then downloaded the luxc.jar into it, and ran the compiler without any problem.

      I also ran the compiler from Leiningen, as: lein luxc compile

      I don't think that changes anything, but I mention it just in case.

    4. Wow, thank you!
      It was due to my 1.7 java version.
      with 1.8 everything works perfectly!
      Thanks :)

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