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Interface to Clojure's Analyzer

Clojure's analysis compilation phase holds rich information about Clojure forms, like type/reflection information.

analyze provides an interface to this phase, callable a la carte. The output is similar to ClojureScript's analyzer.


Pull requests accepted from registered Clojure contributers


Current version: 0.1.2


  • work out how to analyze a leiningen project.clj file
  • analyze clojure.core
  • get rid of requirement to provide namespace
  • does each expression have a line number attached?
  • try evaling the Expr forms returned by the analyzer and see what happens
  • Review SOURCE var
  • use :locals if necessary
  • should we clump all literals into :op :literal ?


General Usage

This library takes a form, and some environment information, then passes it to the Compiler's analysis phase.

We then recursively convert the Java objects returned by the Compiler into maps, with :op and :env keys. The actual keys that get converted are easy to check, just search the source at analyze.core, using the :op keys as reference.

This is kind of rich information the analyzer can derive from expressions.

(Integer. 2)

expands to:

{:op :new,
 :env {:locals {}, :ns {:name clojure.core}},
 {:name java.lang.Integer,
  :declaring-class java.lang.Integer,
  :parameter-types [int],
  :exception-types [],
  :flags #{:public}},
 :class java.lang.Integer,
 ({:op :literal,
   :env {:locals {}, :ns {:name clojure.core}},
   :val 2,
   :Expr-obj #<NumberExpr clojure.lang.Compiler$NumberExpr@17bf874>}),
 ({:op :literal,
   :env {:locals {}, :ns {:name clojure.core}},
   :val 2,
   :Expr-obj #<NumberExpr clojure.lang.Compiler$NumberExpr@17bf874>}),
 :Expr-obj #<NewExpr clojure.lang.Compiler$NewExpr@3dbe0>}

Check for incorrectly placed docstrings

(defn myfn [a]
  "This is a fn"
  (doseq [a [1 2 3]
    (+ a (inc a))))

Surely a beginner mistake, right?

Run the checker in analyze.examples.docstrings to find out. :)

Check for side-effects in transactions

  (set! *ns* 'myns))

Test the checkers by running analyze.examples.side-effects

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