Emil Axelsson emax at cs.chalmers.se
Thu Mar 13 05:50:57 EDT 2008

```Aha, I guess I thought for a while that [|x|] and  lift x  where the same thing.
Having thought too much about partial evaluation lately, I forgot that the main
purpose of quoting is to get the unevaluated AST.

I'll just use lift in the future then (for partial evalutation).

Thanks, Alfonso!

/ Emil

On 2008-03-13 09:49, Alfonso Acosta wrote:
> Hi Emil,
>
> Your  problem is related to "how are things evaluated" not "when". The
> short answer is: if you want to make sure an expression is evaluated
> before you lift it, don't use quasiquotes, call
>
> On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 9:00 AM, Emil Axelsson <emax at cs.chalmers.se> wrote:
>>      a1 = [| (2::Int) + 2 |]
>
> You are lifting the expression AST, not its evaluation. a1 = lift
> ((2::Int) + 2) would work as you want.
>
>
>>      a2 = let x = (2::Int) + 2 in [| x |]
>
> here you are enclosing a local variable in quasiquotes and, thus, [| x
> |] is equivalent to "lift x"
>
>>      a3 = [| y |]
>>        where
>>          y = (2::Int) + 2
>
> Same as in a2, y is local. Therefore [| y |] is equivalent to "lift y"
>
>>      z = (2::Int) + 2
>>
>>      a4 = [| z |]
>
> z is a global variable and [| z |] is lifted to a variable expression
> (i.e. a4 is equivalent to "varE 'z"  )
```