Mixins in Common Lisp

Part 1: Creating a Fundamental Class

(defclass fundamental-test ()
((test-form :initarg :form
:accessor test-form)
(test-value :initarg :value
:accessor test-value)
(test-result :initform nil
:accessor test-result)
(test-equal :initform #'equal
:initarg :test
:accessor test-equal)))
(defgeneric run-test (obj))(defmethod run-test ((obj fundamental-test))
(if (funcall (test-equal obj)
(apply (car (test-form obj))
(cdr (test-form obj)))
(test-value obj))

Part 2: Creating a Hash Table Mixin

(defclass hash-mixin ()
((key :initarg :key :accessor key)
(table :accessor table
:allocation :class
:initform (make-hash-table :test #'equal))))
  • Now, looking a bit farther ahead (and beyond this article), we would likely want to have different hash tables for different types of CLOS objects. If we have a TEST-CLASS and a BOOK-CLASS, we likely do not want instances of both classes to share the same hash table.
  • Hence, we will subclass HASH-MIXIN to isolate a hash-table specifically for test objects. The slot definition for TABLE in TEST-HASH-MIXIN shadows the same slot in its parent class HASH-MIXIN.
(defclass test-hash-mixin (hash-mixin)
((table :accessor table :allocation :class
:initform (make-hash-table :test #'equal))))

Part 3: Creating an Aggregate Class

(defclass unit-test (test-hash-mixin fundamental-test) ())

Part 4: Adding in Functionality

4.1 Adding Tests to the Hash Table [C]

(defmethod initialize-instance :after ((obj hash-mixin) &key)
(setf (gethash (key obj) (table obj)) obj))

4.2 Reading Tests from the Hash Table [R]

(defun read-test (obj)
(gethash (key obj) (table obj)))

4.3 Updating Tests in the Hash Table [U]

(defmethod (setf key) :before (key (obj hash-mixin))
(setf (gethash (key obj) (table obj)) nil))
(defmethod (setf key) :after (key (obj hash-mixin))
(setf (gethash (key obj) (table obj)) obj))

4.4 Deleting Tests in the Hash Table [D]

(defun delete-test (obj)
(setf (gethash (key obj) (table obj)) nil))

Part 5. Bringing it all together



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Ashok Khanna

Ashok Khanna

Masters in Quantitative Finance. Writing Computer Science articles and notes on topics that interest me, with a tendency towards writing about Lisp & Swift