[rust-dev] 7 high priority Rust libraries that need to be written

kimhyunkang at gmail.com kimhyunkang at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 02:47:10 PDT 2014

I was thinking about something like this

pub struct TestTable {
    pub a: Option<int>,
    pub b: String

let selector = sql!( select a from TestTable );
let mut iter: SqlRows<Option<int>> = selector.fetch();
let result: Vec<Option<int>> = iter.collect();

I first intended to convert sql! macro to some Iterator<Option<int>>.
However, we don't have typeof(TestTable::a) syntax yet, which means it's
impossible to get the type of "a" column without creating a dummy instance.
So I plan to convert above macro into rough equivalent of below.

pub fn new_selector<T>(_f: fn || -> T) -> SqlSelector<T> {
    // selector initialization code.
    // _f should not be executed anywhere

let selector = {
    // This code is unsafe and should not be executed
    let not_executed = fn || {
        unsafe {
            let dummy_instance = TestTable::uninitialized();

    // This automatically type-checks to SqlSelector<Option<int>>

I'd love to know if there's a better alternative of this hack.

2014-06-05 18:21 GMT+09:00 Huon Wilson <dbau.pp at gmail.com>:

> On 05/06/14 19:11, kimhyunkang at gmail.com wrote:
>> I was also planning to add sql!() macro almost exactly same as Chris
>> Morgan suggests. However, you can't directly access type-checking part of
>> rustc in #![phase(syntax)] modules, which means you need some dirty hacks
>> to peroperly type-check such macros.
> The conventional approach is to expand to something that uses certain
> traits, meaning any external data has to satisfy those traits for the macro
> invocation to work. This technique is used by `println!` and `#[deriving]`,
> for example.
> (I don't know if you regard this as a dirty hack or not.)
> Huon
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