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[Bug 7350] [XPath 2.1] Higher Order Functions Need Sugar

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Michael Dyck <jmdyck@ibiblio.org> changed:

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--- Comment #3 from Michael Dyck <jmdyck@ibiblio.org>  2009-08-19 19:56:16 ---
> Further, we introduce the rule that if values for the first K arguments
> are supplied and the function doesn’t have two overloads with more than
> K arguments, then the trailing underscores in the function invocation
> pattern may be omitted. This is always the case with a function that
> has no overloads. Thus, we will usually only write:
>     f:func(1,2,3)
> instead of:
>     f:func(1,2,3, ?, ?, ?)

This seems like a bad idea to me. There's no visual signal that
is a partial application (yielding a function) rather than a simple
function call (yielding whatever it is that f:func normally returns).

So if the user writes
*intending* it as a function call (mistakenly thinking that f:func takes
3 arguments), the processor wouldn't be able to raise static error XPST0017
(pointing out that f:func doesn't have a signature with arity 3), rather it
would have to interpret it as a partial application, which would probably lead
to a type error somewhere else (possibly far away from the actual mistake).

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