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On Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 3:39 AM, steve donovan wrote:
> If I could assume that |x,y| x..y was universal, then we would not
> need such fallbacks....
> We all agree that map() is an important function which needs to be in
> the standard toolkit. But the verbosity of anonymous functions where
> the payload is a simple operation makes it less appealing, ...
> E.g. Penlight allows placeholder expressions to be used as callables:...
>> tablex.map2(_1+_2,{1,2,3},{10,20,30})

These are both terse and avoid implementing exceptional rules in the
map function:

  table.imap(op'..', {'a','b'},{'1','2'})

Isn't that sufficient?  Supporting table.imap('..',
{'a','b'},{'1','2'}) would cause an ambiguity if someone makes strings
callable by setting the call operator on the string metatable.  Also,
tablex.map2(_1+_2,{1,2,3},{10,20,30}) could be interpreted as
function(a,b) return tablex.map2(a+b, {1,2,3},{10,20,30}) .