Documentation for routine gist

Documentation for routine gist, assembled from the following types:

class Mu

From Mu

(Mu) routine gist

multi sub    gist(Mu --> Str)
multi method gist(   --> Str)

Returns a string representation of the invocant, optimized for fast recognition by humans. As such lists will be truncated at 100 elements. Use .perl to get all elements.

The default gist method in Mu re-dispatches to the perl method for defined invocants, and returns the type name in parenthesis for type object invocants. Many built-in classes override the case of instances to something more specific that may truncate output.

gist is the method that say calls implicitly, so say $something and say $something.gist generally produce the same output.

say Mu.gist;        # OUTPUT: «(Mu)␤» 
say;    # OUTPUT: «␤» 

class Exception

From Exception

(Exception) method gist

Defined as:

multi method gist(Exception:D:)

Returns whatever the exception printer should produce for this exception. The default implementation returns message and backtrace separated by a newline.

my $e = => "This exception is pretty bad");
try $e.throw;
if ($!{ say $!.gist};
# OUTPUT: «This exception is pretty bad 
#   in block <unit> at <unknown file> line 1␤» 

class Complex

From Complex

(Complex) method gist

Defined as:

method gist(Complex:D: --> Str:D)

Returns a string representation of the form "1+2i", without internal spaces. (Str coercion also returns this.)

say (1-4i).gist;                # OUTPUT: «1-4i␤» 

class Date

From Date

(Date) method gist

Defined as:

multi method gist(Date:D: --> Str:D)

Returns the date in YYYY-MM-DD format (ISO 8601)

say'2015-12-24').gist;                    # OUTPUT: «2015-12-24␤» 

class Nil

From Nil

(Nil) method gist

method gist(--> Str:D)

Returns "Nil".

class Version

From Version

(Version) method gist

method gist(Version:D: --> Str:D)

Returns a string representation of the invocant, just like Str, prepended with a lower-case v.

my $v1 = v1.0.1;
my $v2 ='1.0.1');
say $v1.gist;                                      # OUTPUT: «v1.0.1␤» 
say $v2.gist;                                      # OUTPUT: «v1.0.1␤»